Silver Linings for the Marriage Amendment

The referendum to ban gay marriage passed 3-1 in November, but Equality
Texas says the election revealed a few legislative districts where
voters may be ready to trade up for equality-friendly leadership.

See the detailed analysis at Equality Texas.
It is encouraging to note that in districts with vocal
pro-equality legislators, the voters either defeated the
amendment, or opposed it by higher margins than the average in
their respective counties. 
This reinforces a lesson most of us know: elected
officials who take a leadership role in advancing equality for
all Texans can, and do, lead the communities they were elected
to represent.  Some
examples of these legislators and their district results are
below:

 

District

Representative

District Result

49

Elliot Naishtat – Austin

Defeated amendment

51

Eddie Rodriguez – Austin

Defeated amendment

90

Lon
Burnam – Fort
Worth

“Against” 10% greater
than county average

103

Rafael Anchia – Dallas

Defeated amendment

123

Mike
Villarreal – San Antonio

“Against” 9% greater
than county average

147

Garnet Coleman – Houston

“Against” 13% greater
than county average

148

Jessica Farrar – Houston

Defeated
amendment

Excerpt from Equality Texas analysis of November election results.

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