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Gay Couples Battle on in Texas and Louisiana

gay_marriage2-thumb-275x182-94583.jpgThe latest Gallup poll indicates that 60% of Americans believe that the law should allow marriage between gay couples.

Obviously, there has been a huge political shift in this country. Back in 1996, the Gallup poll reported that 68% of respondents were against same-sex marriage.

When you break down the numbers by party affiliation, 37% of Republicans, 64% of independents, and 76% of Democrats endorse same-sex marriage.

Texas and Louisiana Struggle with Gay Rights

Recent events tell us that apparently the majority of people who support same-sex marriage do not live in Texas or Louisiana.

In fact, the governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, recently attempted to "protect" those citizens who don't support gay marriage.

Some suspect the executive order was merely a political device. Jindal issued the order soon after similar legislation failed.

Under state law, executive orders expire after the legislative session next year when Jindal will no longer be governor.

Jindal couched the order as a religious freedom referendum. The governor was quoted as saying, "We don't support discrimination in Louisiana, and we do support religious liberty."

Similar Clash Occurring in Texas

Over in Texas, HB 4105, known as the Preservation of Remedy and Marriage Act, failed to pass recently. The bill would have prohibited state or local government employees from recognizing, granting, or enforcing same-sex marriages.

Also, it would have prohibited state or local funds from being spent on licensing or supporting same-sex marriage.

Presently, Texas bans gay marriage.

The bill was one of 20 measures introduced this year in Texas that targeted gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Gay Couples' Right to Adopt Under Fire

There is presently another bill before the legislature in Texas. This one would enable religious organizations placing children with adoptive or foster parents to refuse same-sex couples.

The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Joe Moody, said he wanted to protect organizations such as Catholic Charities, which places children with parents. Presently, about 25% of Texas' providers of these types of services are religious-based.

State-based groups said their organization should have the freedom to place children with families who adhere to their organization's religious beliefs.

What's clear is that the rights of gay couples in the arena of family law are far from complete.

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