House Representative

Israel, Celia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/15/2015

Rep. Israel Proud that Texas House Kills Anti-Marriage Equality Bill

HB 4105 would direct public employees to ignore federal law on same-sex marriage

Austin - Rep. Celia Israel (HD 50 - Austin) issued the following statement on HB 4105 being killed procedurally on the House floor Thursday night.

"I am relieved that the Texas House was not forced to entertain a mean-spirited, divisive bill that could keep us from doing the work our constituents sent us here to do: make the lives better for the people of Texas. This bill dying means that many of my colleagues will not be forced to choose between party loyalty and standing on the right side of history. This bill dying means that same-sex couples across the state will not be forced to witness their elected representatives debate if their love is as worthy as their neighbor's. When a member opposes one of your major pieces of legislation or speaks against you during committee, we all try to not take it personally. This body will not always agree on how to best serve this state. But when a colleague attacks your family just for being who you are, it is impossible to not take it personally. My family, and the millions like it, took this bill very personally. I am hopeful that this bill is the final vain attempt to push back against the wave of change across our country. Texans are ready for marriage equality, and I look forward to hearing the wedding bells."