Their bill would allow county judges and other officials to be able to refuse to issue marriage licenses based on personal religion.
Unfortunately, the Senate approved this bill with a 21-10 vote. The final vote will be held shortly in the state House.
Know that if the bill becomes a law there is a good chance that it will be challenged in a federal court, ruled unconstitutional and thus blocked.
"The Texas Senate today said it has no problem with public officials picking and choosing which taxpayers they will serve," Kathy Miller, president of the progressive activist group the Texas Freedom Network, said in a statement. "This bill opens the door to taxpayer-funded discrimination against virtually anyone who doesn’t meet a public official’s personal moral standards."