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December 13, 2012

San Antonio as a liberal oasis in bone-dry Texas

Filed under: Issues,Law/justice,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 10:08 pm
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San Antonio is predominantly Hispanic.  If you infer from the city’s ethnicity that its government adheres to Democratic orthodoxy, you would be correct.  Two prime examples of that orthodoxy are:

  1. Illegal immigration.  San Antonio has become a sanctuary city.  Not only does its police department provide only tepid support of the federal immigration authorities, its city council passed a resolution last year criticizing the state of Arizona for providing energetic support of those authorities.
  2. Same-sex marriage.  The city of San Antonio, along with only a handful of cities and counties in Texas, provides employee benefits to domestic partners even though the state of Texas declines to recognize domestic partners. 

I don’t agree with either of these policies.  Even though I believe there should be a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who have well-established lives in Texas, the San Antonio police should not shield arrested people from coming to the attention of the federal deportation people.

With respect to same-sex marriage, the San Antonio City Council in 2011 approved same-sex employee benefits on an 8-3 vote, with my local councilman Reed Williams voting in favor of it.  But reminiscent of John Kerry, who votes against something before he votes for it, Reed had earlier voted for an amendment to exclude the benefits, with the amendment losing 4-7.

These benefits, however, may not be kosher.  A Houston senator recently asked for an opinion from the Texas Attorney General regarding whether the same-sex benefits were unconstitutional – citing a 2005 constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman and prohibits government entities from creating or recognizing anything identical or similar to marriage.  Sounds unconstitutional to me, provided the amendment itself is constitutional.


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