same-sex-marriageA bill has been introduced in the Texas Legislature that if enacted would strip the salary of any Texas-government employee who issues a marriage license to a same-sex couple. Known as House Bill 623, the recently introduced bill declares that no state funds will go to the distribution of gay marriage licenses. “State or local taxpayer funds or governmental salaries may not be used for an activity that includes the licensing or support of same-sex marriage,” reads HB 623. “If an employee violates this subsection, the employee may not continue to receive a salary, pension, or other employee benefit at the expense of the taxpayers of this State.”   Also called the “Texas Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act,” HB 623 was filed last week by Republican State Representative Cecil Bell of Magnolia. In a statement regarding the proposed legislation, Rep. Bell said that HB 623 was part of his obligation to represent the interests of the people who elected him. More