Don’t Block Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples


Target: Cecil Bell Jr., Texas state representative

Goal: Don’t block state funds from being used to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Texas state funds may soon be blocked from being used to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if legislation introduced by Texas State Representative Cecil Bell Jr. is passed. This would in effect keep same-sex marriage illegal in Texas, even if the state was compelled to make it legal. Demand that Representative Bell abandon this legislation at once.

Called the “Texas Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act,” Representative Bell’s proposal is an attempt to preserve Texas’ bigoted policies regarding same-sex marriage in the face of mounting chances that the state will be compelled to issue and recognize same-sex marriage licenses by the Supreme Court or the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The bill would make it illegal to use taxpayer money to pay for the governmental infrastructure that would be required to enforce marriage equality in Texas. Things like the salaries of county clerks who would issue marriages licenses to same-sex couples, and funding the enforcement of court orders that would require issuing same-sex marriage licenses, would be blocked. Bell has even written into this proposal a provision that would mandate any state court automatically dismiss any legal action taken against these policies should they ever become law, making it immune from repeal in the future.

Bell is doing everything in his power to keep marriage equality out of Texas. Sign the petition below to demand that he abandon this legislation immediately.


Dear Representative Bell,

I am writing you today regarding your House Bill 623, the “Texas Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act.” This legislation is blind bigotry disguised as an outrageous overstep of government and should not be pursued any further.

You have been on a campaign against same-sex couples for years now. You co-authored a bill in 2013 that would have cut all funding to a school district just because it offered benefits to the same-sex partners of its faculty and staff, and in 2014 signed an amicus brief to the Fifth Circuit court comparing same-sex marriage with polygamy, incest, and pedophilia. Given your homophobia, your new bill should not be surprising, but somehow it still is. That you would try to deny the salaries of government employees just for complying with the law of the land is astounding and, likely, illegal. Similarly, barring your proposed legislation from future legal scrutiny by Texas courts is probably illegal, and, indeed, leaves it vulnerable to federal court scrutiny regardless.

The “Texas Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act” would be a great piece of satire if you weren’t completely serious about it. I demand that you immediately abandon all efforts to pass it into law.


[Your Name Here]

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