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Pro/Con: Should same-sex marriage be legalized in Texas?

By JR Ortega
March 23, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 23, 2014 at 10:24 p.m.

Cynthia Flores, left, lays on the couch with her wife, Christine, and their grandson, Evillio, 5, as they watch television at their home Thursday. Although the women see a Texas judge's February declaration that the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional as a small victory, they are still disappointed that more progress hasn't been made for their right to marry. "I'm just disappointed that it took this long," Cynthia said.

By the numbers

The Pew Research Center counted 71,165 same-sex marriages in the 11 states that legalized same-sex marriage.*

•  California - 18,000 (2008)

•  Connecticut - 5,759 (2009-11)

•  District of Columbia - N/A

• Iowa - 4,679 (2009-11)

• Maine - 428 (2012-13)

• Massachusetts - 22,406 (2004-12)

• Maryland - N/A

• New Hampshire - 2,329 (2010-13)

• New York - 12,285 (2011-12)

• Vermont - 2,779 (2009-13)

• Washington - 2,500 (2012-13)

*The number reflect the latest totals as of 2013.

The argument divides the country like perhaps no other today.

Some see same-sex marriage as a legal and civil right. Others see gay marriage as a schism from traditional family values.

A San Antonio judge ruled in February that Texas' ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The ruling is being appealed, but the national debate has come right to the heart of the Bible belt.

Pro: Couples say they deserve right to love, legal and financial benefits

Con: Priest says minority should not force redefinition of marriage

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