No Tragedy in November: An Equality Vigil

Oct 23 2005 - 2:00pm
Oct 23 2005 - 6:00pm

Event Description:

On October 23, 2005, 1,138 people dressed in black and wearing "tragedy" masks will gather at Spotts Park to demonstrate against the discriminatory Texas Marriage Amendment.

Each individual will hold a sign with one of the 1,138 federal protections for married couples that are denied to same-sex couples and their families.  We need you to participate and represent one of those rights in this historic event!

Let us know you that you will participate by email, mail, fax, or phone (see below)

Get a "Tragedy Mask".  These can be found online or at local costume stores.  For a $10 donation, we will provide one for you. You can also paint on a tragedy mask using face paint or create one of your own.

Show up at Spotts Park before 2:00 p.m. on October 23, wearing all black clothing and bring your tragedy mask.   Signs will be provided for you.

Please send us your name and contact information.  Let us know whether you would like to sign up to participate in the vigil or volunteer (or both).  Your name and contact information will not be given out.

Email:  escramble('notragedy','');">

Mail:  Foundation for Family and Marriage Equality
         3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207
         Houston, Texas 77006

Call:  713-227-1717

Fax:  713-522-2610

The amendment does nothing to change current marriage laws:

  • Texas law prohibits same-sex couples from receiving a marriage license.  Texas Family Code § 2.001(b) (Acts 1997, 75th Leg. ch. 7 § 1, eff. April 17, 1997)
  • Texas law prohibits recognition of marriages or civil unions of same-sex couples regardless or whether it was legally performed in another state or country.  Texas Family Code § 6.204(a) (Acts 2003, 78th Leg. ch. 124, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003)
  • Texas law prohibits same-sex couples who were married or joined in a civil union in other states or countries from claiming any right to legal protection, benefits, or responsibilities as a result of their marriage or union.  Texas Family Code § 6.204(b) (Acts 2003, 78th Leg. ch. 124, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003)

The amendment could, however, call into question the few basic protections same-sex couples and their families now have:

  • Wills
  • Powers of attorney
  • Contracts
  • Deeds
  • Leases
  • Domestic partnership agreements
  • Employee benefits for domestic partners
  • Co-parenting agreements
  • Second-parent adoptions
  • And More

Opposite sex couples in a common law marriage may also be adversely affected by the amendment, putting them in the same position as same-sex couples.

The Amendment will write discrimination into the Texas Constitution's Bill of Rights and weaken protection for Texas families.


Event Sponsor:
Foundation for Family and Marriage Equality, Inc.

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