Since Republicans took control of all statewide offices over two-decades ago, Texas has had a slow evolution regarding LGBT rights.
Texans have long supported civil unions between same-sex couples.
The Equality Poll 2013, conducted by Texas' largest LGBT advocacy organization, Equality Texas, showed truly encouraging results this year. As a state, Texans' feelings towards LGBT rights are beginning to pattern those of the rest of the country.
Texas voters now support all eleven rights issues that pertain to LGBT citizens. There was a statistically significant increase in support among five of the eleven issues, including:
• 80.0% of voters support a guaranteed right to make end of life medical decisions for a partner; an increase in support of 4.9%.
• 70.2% of voters support a legal right to inherit possessions if there is no will in place; an increase in support of 4.8%.
• 65.7% of voters support extending domestic partnership benefits to government/public university employees; an increase of 3.4%.
• 52.0% of Texas voters now support recognizing the marriages of same-gender couples from states that currently allow marriage; an increase in support of 3.6%.
The largest increase in support among Texas voters was to allow same-sex marriage. By a margin of 47.9% to 47.5%, a very minor plurality, Texas voters now support the freedom to marry. This percentage represents an increase of 5.2% in support since September, 2010. If patterns continue to increase, which all signs point to be the case, a majority of Texans will soon support marriage equality.
The action by B&W Pantex will assist in giving LGBT couples the security to build a life together and to protect their families; something all Texans families ought to be able to do.