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Texas starts voting on Monday with marriage amendment on ballot

“Do you want schools to teach your children and grandchildren that homosexual marriage is normal? Do you want to undergo ‘sensitivity training’ at the workplace to ensure that you don’t favor heterosexuality over homosexuality? … These are not rhetorical questions – these are issues that we will face if we fail to defend and protect marriage.”

— Texas Republican Party chair Tina Benkiser heating up the rhetoric as Lone Star State residents start early voting on marriage amendment

There is hope that this amendment will be defeated, but it will depend on what is usually historically low turnout during off-year elections. (Austin American-Statesman):

Turnout historically is low for amendment elections in Texas. In 2003, just 12.5 percent of registered voters cast ballots. Secretary of State Roger Williams, the chief elections officer, hasn’t projected what percentage of the state’s approximately 12.3 million registered voters will show up for this election. He’s urging participation and emphasizing that constitutional amendments can have more lasting impact than elected individuals.

“When you elect a person, you know they’ll be back up for re-election in two, four or six years,” he said. “But constitutional amendments endure. This November we hope that every Texan will go to the polls and make their voices heard.”

Texans are increasingly using early voting, which runs through Nov. 4 for the constitutional amendments. In some recent statewide elections, early voting has accounted for about one-third of the total ballots cast.

The activist group No Nonsense in November, which opposes the same-sex marriage ban, is hoping low turnout will help defeat Proposition 2. “It’s hard to believe that Texas — of all states — can turn the tide that is sweeping across the nation,” the group’s Web site says. “As strange as it may seem, with historically low voter turnout expected, Texas is uniquely positioned to become the first state to defeat a Marriage Amendment.”

I’d say that is optimistic, but you Texas Blenders out there, how hot has the issue been in the press? We already know that Gov. Rick Perry thinks amending the state’s constitution is one of his priorities.

Also see:
* Homo-hating TX Gov Rick Perry spams for marriage amendment votes
* TX bible beaters hold voter drive for marriage amendment, Rick Perry re-election
* Houston pols come out against marriage amendment

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