Austin, TX, Approves Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage
Yesterday, the City Council of Austin, Texas, passed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage. While the resolution is not a law, the city council's unanimous vote to officially support marriage equality is the first in the state.
Marriage equality activists hope that the council's decision can lead to more action in the struggle to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Despite many legal battles in 2009, the law is still in effect in Texas today.
Media Resources: KXAN 9/27/12; ThinkProgress 9/27/12
The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St. . . .