City council endorses gay marriage in Texas
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The City of Austin has joined Houston, San Antonio and Galveston in showing official support for gay marriage in Texas.
City council approved a resolution Thursday which pledges city support for equal marriage in the Lone Star State.
The Texas Constitution was changed in 2005 to only recognize marriages between one man and one woman.
Proponents of equal marriage say recent polls show a majority of Texans now support some form of recognition for gay and lesbian couples.
"This is part of a forward movement,” Chuck Smith with Equality Texas said. “People are recognizing that it doesn't make sense to exclude committed couples from the institution of marriage."
Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole says gay marriage will be part of the city's legislative agenda for the next session which begins in January.