New Bill Paves Way for Civil Unions in Texas

Published 02/14 2013 12:27PM

Updated 02/14 2013 12:30PM

(KVEO)  A new bill may be the first step in a repeal against the Texas "Defense Against Marriage Act". 

Eli Olivarez, an advocate for marriage equality, is delighted with the news.

"Well I was surprised it was coming out of Texas. But I was not surprised that it was Senator Hinojosa. Senator Hinojosa has always been an equality advocate," he says.

Olivarez is president of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus.

The Texas Marriage Amendment defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prohibits recognition of anything similar to marriage, including civil unions.

"So it is a step in the right direction, but it does not have all the rights that marriage has," says Olivarez.

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