|Rep. Cecil Bell (Facebook)|
On Tuesday, the Republican-dominated Texas House of Representatives is scheduled to consider HB 4105, otherwise known as the Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act. If enacted, the legislation would prohibit state or local government employees from recognizing, granting, or enforcing same-sex marriages. It would also prohibit state or local funds from being spent on “an activity that includes the licensing or support of a same-sex marriage.”
How does the bill's chief sponsor Republican Rep. Cecil Bell justify his actions? By citing the Dred Scott decision.
“If you simply say the Supreme Court should be upheld – period – you have to say that Lincoln was wrong,” he said, presumably referring to the Emancipation Proclamation issued six years after the Dred Scott ruling. “And I don’t think that Lincoln was wrong.”
Yes, Representative Bell. Lincoln was not wrong. The state of Texas was wrong by supporting slavery and joining the Confederacy. Texas was wrong then and Texas is wrong now.