From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2005
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-0113

Senator Rodney Ellis Statement on Decision to "Tag" Gay Marriage Legislation

(Austin)// -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today released the following statement regarding his decision to "tag" HJR 6, a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriages in Texas:

"This morning, I placed a tag on HJR 6 to ensure there will be adequate time to discuss this important constitutional amendment. House Joint Resolution 6 was added to today's State Affairs Committee agenda on Saturday. I am concerned that the late hour of that posting would prevent those Texans passionate about this issue from being able to get to the Capitol to testify on both sides of the matter. This decision will ensure that Texans will be able to get to Austin to participate in the debate and that the Texas Senate hears all viewpoints on this issue.

"The House Committee on State Affairs debated HJR 6 for nearly 13 hours. Clearly this is an issue which people from all across our state are wrestling with. Regardless on which side of the debate you stand, this is a very important and very volatile issue that deserves a full debate. I believe it just makes sense to ensure that everyone is given ample time to travel to Austin and have their voice heard."