The Star-Telegram reports:
Councilman Joel Burns and his partner have been hoping for marriage equality in Texas for over 20 years, since they first said their vows. Now Burns thinks marriage equality in the state is within sight, just two or three years out. But the action probably won’t come from the Legislature, Burns said at the Dallas Democratic Forum. Instead, he thinks marriage equality will come from the federal government. Since the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred same-sex couples from receiving more than 1,000 federal benefits, including filing joint tax returns, Social Security survivor benefits and immigration status, Burns and his partner, J.D. Angle, might be able to file federal income taxes together for the first time.
How amazing is it that we are even talking about the possibility of marriage equality in a state like Texas? Yes, some of these red states are going to have to be pulled along kicking and screaming, but that’s always been the case with civil rights movements.