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Wendy Davis Comes Out For Marriage Equality, Greg Abbott Defends State's Ban

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 07:00 PM CST

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On Thursday Wendy Davis told the San Antonio Express News editorial board that she supports marriage equality and that her chief Gubernatorial opponent and the state's current Atty. General Greg Abbott should stop defending the state's ban.

Davis said, "It's my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation."

There is no compelling government interest to target a minority group for discrimination yet Abbott is currently defending a state constitutional ban that was passed in 2005, just two years after the US Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on sodomy.

Since that time Americans' and more importantly Texans' ideas have shifted on this issue. According to a 2013 poll by Equality Texas a majority of Texans support the state's recognition of same-sex marriages made in state's where it is legal, and over 64% support at least Civil Unions for same-sex couples in Texas.

See what Abbott's response is below the jump...

Matt Hirsch, A spokesperson for Abbott shot back at Davis' policy position with a politically tone-deaf answer that proves the GOP is more about dividing and conquering than their own rhetoric of personal liberty and limited government.

"Unlike Senator Davis' positions on the issues, the Texas constitution is not subject to change on the latest whims of the day. Senator Davis' comment suggesting the Attorney General not enforce the Constitution mimics an Obama-style approach to government, and Texans deserve better," Hirsch said.

The chickens are finally coming home to roost for the GOP as they remain in damage control mode having to defend their policies of targeted discrimination, whether it be: insensitive comments about Hispanics, denying personal choice in healthcare decisions for women, or playing match maker by telling adults who they can and cannot marry. Suggesting that standing for every American's federally protected 14th Amendment right to "equal protection under the law" is whimsical, indicates that the campaign's talk of freedom and liberty only extends to the policy positions of extremely conservative Republicans and not Texans at large.

Wendy's words represent real leadership as several bans in other states are overturned for denying the LGBT community their 14th Amendment right of equal protection under the law. Let's hope Texas voters decide it's time to embrace equality for all and move into 21st century as leader instead of continuing to be dragged kicking and screaming.

You can see the full results of the 2013 Equality Texas poll here.

The original report from San Anotonio Express News can be viewed here.

You can follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

Watch me debate the issue with Rick Perry's consultant and former campaign manager Rob Johnson on Fox 7 Austin.

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