Bill White on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Oct 18, 2010

Summary

Mayor White has stated that he supports civil unions, but that he is not supportive of gay marriage. He has stated that the Texas constitution bars same-sex marriage. He voted against a 2005 constitutional amendment to the state constitution barring same-sex marriage.

 

Position Clarification

After the GOP made an ad based on a statement White made in 2005 in response to a question from Houston’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Political Caucus PAC. According to The Houston Chronicle, White told the GLBT Political Caucus PAC that he planned to vote against Proposition 2, the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Mayor White responded in an emial to the Dallas Voice and stated :

 

KRLD Interview

In a KLRD interview in March of 2010, Mayor White stated that he did not vote for a 2005 measure to define marriage as between one man and one woman and mocked the concept that traditional marriage was threatened.

 

Question on Gay Rights

On his campaign website, Mayor White reproduces a news story where he is asked about gay rights by a student. At the time, Mayor White was campaigning for what he thought would be a vacated Senate seat in 2010. In response to the question, the Mayor says that the country needs to focus on other things.

References

[1] Website: Dallas Morning News Article: Bill White, on the hot button issues Author: Robert T. Garrett Accessed on: 08/16/2010

[2] Website: Dallas Voice.com Article: Bill White Clarifies his position on gay marriage Author: John Wright Accessed on: 10/15/2010

[3] Website: Bill White for Texas Article: Senate hopeful swings through San Marcos Author: Sean Batura Accessed on: 10/18/2010

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