Marriage Shines Bright Deep in the Heart of Texas

Barb Wire

While the nation maybe waiting to see if the Supreme Court zeros out the actions of voters in 30 states by overturning the provisions in their constitutions upholding the natural definition of marriage, voters are not idle.

On Saturday, voters in San Antonio elected a mayor who has condemned the City Council’s effort two years ago to make belief in natural marriage — as between one man and one woman — a disqualification for holding public office.

In the spring and summer of 2013, FRC joined local activists and our state partner, Texas Values, in drawing attention to a proposed city ordinance that would have barred Christians — or anyone else who “by word or deed” had ever expressed support for natural marriage — from serving in elected or appointed office.

Although the public outcry forced officials to water down the language, the law that eventually passed still violated the beliefs of businesses owners by forcing them to recognize fluid categories of sexuality and gender identity, in contradiction to deeply held personal beliefs. Only three council members, out of eleven, voted against the measure.

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On Saturday, San Antonio elected one of those three, Ivy Taylor, to become the first popularly elected African American mayor of San Antonio.

Mayor Taylor campaigned on ending “politics as usual,” including the strong-arm tactics used to pass the 2013 ordinance. “People are tired of politics as usual. They want to turn the page and [elect] someone who’s a dedicated public servant.”

Her principled stand to represent the voice of the people, who turned out in droves to testify against the ordinance in 2013, is widely credited with helping her secure electoral victory over the weekend, 52%-48%.

Congratulations to Mayor Taylor on her victory, and on reminding all of us that every vote matters.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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