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Emboldened TX bible beaters going after divorce next

Blow-dried dandy/Texas Governor Rick Perry and his bigoted crew of AmTaliban are basking in the glow of Tuesday’s vote for a state marriage amendment. Only Travis County (where traditionally liberal Austin is located) voted against it, out of the Lone Star State’s 254 counties. Rick is over the moon:

After keeping curiously quiet all week, Perry spoke out Thursday on the overwhelming passage of Proposition 2. He said he and his wife, Anita, felt strongly the gay marriage ban was needed.

“We believed passionately that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” he said after an appearance in Addison. “The good news is, 75 percent of the people who went to vote — plus — agreed with us.”

…”I’m an opinionated person,” Perry said. “I have a strong set of beliefs and values. And I’m not afraid to stand up and say, ‘Here’s what I believe in.’ If someone wants to say ‘Gosh, he just believes that for political purposes,’ that’s their reason, but they’re wrong,” Perry said.

WTF ever, Rick. It’s very clear that all you married straight folks in the state better worry about Rick and his friends taking their sick obsessions into your bedrooms and relationships. The Texas Taliban now plans to go after divorce now, the natural next step to save marriage from you deviant hets. (Dallas Morning News):

Rep. Warren Chisum, who wrote the amendment, Proposition 2, endorsed by Texas voters by a ratio of more than 3-1, said Wednesday that it’s too easy for spouses to split up. The state should consider repealing or modifying its no-fault divorce law, the Pampa Republican said.

“Gee whiz, our divorce rate’s higher than New York,” Mr. Chisum said. He proposed that between now and their next regular session in 2007, lawmakers study ways “to make marriage thrive more in our state.”

…Supporters of Proposition 2 said that during debates, they regularly heard gay rights activists cite Texas’ divorce rate. Texas had about 3.9 divorces for every 1,000 residents in 2002, a higher rate than New York (3.4) or Massachusetts (2.5), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mr. Chisum said he planned to ask House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, to convene a panel to examine no-fault divorce, longer waiting periods for marriage applicants and “covenant marriage,” an idea tried in three other states.

A covenant marriage provides an alternative to the traditional marriage contract for couples who oppose no-fault divorce or who want to demonstrate a stronger commitment. Couples selecting a covenant marriage must get premarital counseling and may divorce only after a separation of two years or after proving adultery or domestic abuse.

Also see: TX bible beaters hold voter drive for marriage amendment, Rick Perry re-election

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