In 2005 they amended their state constitution.
Here's the proposal they adopted:
- Prop. 2 - The constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.
Election date: 11/08/2005
Votes for: 1,723,782
Votes against: 536,913
Now read the second part, starting with "prohibiting," and you'll see that what they actually got was a prohibition of marriage entirely.
This means, of course, is that all marriage became illegal in Texas in 2005, and all children born since 2005 are officially bastards.
The challenger for the post of State Attorney General, Barbara Ann Radnofsky, is making hay of this.
Wish Molly Ivins were still alive to join in the chucklin'.
For a fuller report, check out: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/79112.html