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— Texas Rep. Sarah Davis, (R-Houston), speaking with the Texas Observer. Davis is the first GOP lawmaker in the state to back same-sex marriage, announcing her support following a letter signed by 93 House Republicans which stated that marriage as between one man and one woman is a “widely shared” belief in Texas.
Davis, the only Texas politician to be endorsed by Equality Texas, refused to sign the letter. She previously backed civil unions for same-sex couples, but has now declared her full support for marriage equality.
“I haven’t had an opportunity to vote, but I’ve spoken about the issue,” she said. “In situations where I’ve been asked, I’ve always stated my position, so I don’t think this is new ground that I’ve just staked out.”
She also threw the gauntlet down to other Republicans who want to contest her seat due to her liberal views on marriage equality.
“This is not breaking news, and if someone chooses to run against me in the primary and wants to make abortion or gay marriage an issue, then we’ll face that,” she stated. “I’ve had contested primaries in the past, and those issues have come up, and my margin of victory actually increases every election.”
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