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Texas Dems Bake Up a Response to Antigay Lawmakers

Texas Dems Bake Up a Response to Antigay Lawmakers


It was sweet revenge, or at least sweet payback, to counter an anti-marriage equality event.

When it comes to marriage equality, Texas Democrats have decided to fight cake with cake.

Some Republican office-holders shared wedding cake last month to prematurely celebrate the 10th anniversary of the state's anti-equality constitutional amendment. To counter this, members of the Texas Democratic Party stopped by the offices of state officials Wednesday with cakes "to remind them that the majority of Texans support the freedom to marry," according to the party's Facebook page.

They took the cakes, decorated with a map of Texas in rainbow colors, to the offices of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Sen. Donna Campbell, and several other lawmakers. The Democrats wanted to send them "a slice of love -- cakes that show that, in Texas, love is love," notes a fundraising page for the effort. The Democrats also delivered cards reading "Love Is Love."

Patrick and Campbell were among those who attended the February 24 event at the state capitol at which several prominent Republicans and the conservative group Texas Values observed the anniversary of the amendment. They held a ceremonial cake-cutting and offered slices to constituents while expounding on "traditional values" and alleged discrimination against Christians.

There was one problem -- the 10th anniversary of the amendment does not occur until November 8. By then the U.S. Supreme Court, however, may have ruled that bans like Texas's violate the U.S. Constitution. On April 28, the high court will hear a case involving marriage bans from four other states, which could result in a ruling for nationwide marriage equality, expected by the end of June.

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