February 26, 2014
“Texans deserve better than laws rooted in prejudice that don’t live up to the ideals of our Constitution.”
Senator Kirk Watson on Wednesday issued the following statement about a federal judge’s ruling that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional:
“The future values all Texans. It builds on what strengthens Texas and spits out what weakens it. It’s bigger than the fearful, petty prejudice that denies loving Texans legal recognition of their love.
“Those in control of this state need to stop fighting the future. They must stop governing by fear. They must stop pretending there’s some security blanket in laws that treat others unfairly.
“The same folks who piously declare their love of the Constitution must stop tearing down the very jurists – the constitutional third branch of our government – who are empowered by that Constitution to protect liberty and justice for all. If they love Texas as much as they say, they must stop demanding laws that weaken our state. They must stop preaching the heresy that God somehow approves of bigotry.
“Over and over again – on issues as fundamental and as basic as Texans’ right to marry, or to vote, or to ensure their kids have a decent education – we see courts empowered by constitutions repudiating the governance of fear. Texans deserve better than fearful demagoguery from reactionary politicians who’d cast Texas backward. Texans deserve better than laws rooted in prejudice that don’t live up to the ideals of our Constitution.
“It’s 2014. Let’s embrace this moment. Let’s have clear eyes about where we are and where Texas is going. And let’s cast out those who would undermine Texas’ future in the name of a cowardly culture war.”