Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) criticized Houston Mayor Annise Parker because she and her now wife Kathy Hubbard “eloped” to California to get married while gay marriage remains against the Texas Constitution. “This is obviously part of a larger strategy of hers to turn Texas into California,” he said in a press release. Parker had previously stated that she and her longtime partner would wait until Texas legalized gay marriage but Parker told ABC13 that, “The world is changing around us, and hearts can't wait at some point.”
Patrick also criticized Parker for waiting, “until after her November election to decree that the City of Houston will recognize same-sex marriages from other states.” He concluded by saying, “I fully support the lawsuit challenging Parker's edict and look forward to protecting conservative values as the next Lt. Governor.”
See below the jump why Patrick may have spoken too soon…Patrick is in a tough race to be the Republican nominee for Texas' Lt. Governor and believes portraying himself as the most traditionally and socially conservative candidate is the winning strategy. Patrick has consistently challenged his primary opponents on hot button issues like guns, while the incumbent and front runner David Dewhurst focuses on economic issues and trying to avoid a runoff.
It's only mildly ironic that in the Republican primary where candidates vie to be the biggest defender of personal liberty and freedom, an elected official is now being attacked for having to go to California to achieve that same freedom. Even Patrick's home state of Maryland recognizes same-sex marriages, yet Parker's home state of Texas does not.
“The Texas State Constitution defines marriage as between one man and one woman and Mayor Parker cannot change that,” Patrick said. But, the same can not be said for federal judges who will have the chance to strike down Texas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a hearing set for February 12th in San Antonio.
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