Via the Border Buzz section of Quorum Report :
BORDER LAWMAKERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE ON GAY MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
Sharply contrasting regional differences in the Democratic vote
Border and South Texas lawmakers played a critical role in a House vote to place a constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.
After an emotional three-hour debate Monday, representatives approved HJR 6 by 101-29. The amendment’s author, Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) needed 100 votes to pass it out of the House and over to the Senate. Six border and South Texas Democrats backed the measure.
Those backing the amendment included Reps. Chente Quintanilla (D-El Paso), Joe Pickett (D-El Paso), Tracy King (D-Batesville), Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City), Juan Escobar (D-Kingsville) and Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles (D-Alice).
Five members were unexpectedly absent when the vote was taken - Reps. Kino Flores (D-Mission), Aaron Peña (D-Edinburg), Armando Martinez (D-Weslaco), Jim Solis (D-Harlingen), and Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio).
Three South Texas members had been excused by Speaker Tom Craddick - Reps. René Oliveira (D-Brownsville), Vilma Luna (D-Corpus Christi), and José Menendez (D-San Antonio).
Four border and South Texas Democrats were present on the House floor but did not vote - Reps. Norma Chavez (D-El Paso), Veronica Gonzales (D-McAllen), Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) and David Leibowitz (D-San Antonio).
Seven border and South Texas House members voted against the amendment - Reps. Paul Moreno (D-El Paso), Pete Gallego (D-Alpine), Abel Herrero (D-Robstown), Robert Puente (D-San Antonio), Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio), Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio (D-San Antonio) and Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio).
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