Lawmakers in two states are working to pass bills that push back against the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. In Texas, lawmakers are weighing a bill that would allow county judges to recuse themselves from issuing same-sex marriage licenses if they have personal religious objections. The bill is expected to head soon to the Texas House after winning preliminary approval in the Senate 21-10.
“If we don’t do this, we are discriminating against people of faith,” said Republican state Sen. Brian Birdwell who sponsored the bill. The move comes nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision legalizing gay marriage, but that’s because the Texas Legislature only meets every two years. MORE