County voters say no to same sex marriages
by Denise Schoppe
Staff writer

The Marlin Democrat
November 16, 2005


Twenty percent of registered Falls County voters turned out at the polls to cast their vote regarding a state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriages in Texas in early voting and during the election held Tuesday, November 8.

Of the 9,462 registered voters in the county, 1,842 voted on the proposed amendment. A grand total of 1,592 voters, or 86 percent, voted in support of the amendment, while 14 percent voted against it.

The amendment passed state-wide with 76 percent of Texas voters who came to the polls in this election supporting the amendment, making Texas the 19th state to place a marriage definition into their state constitution.

On proposition one, the amendment creating the Texas rail relocation and improvement fund, Falls County residents voted against the amendment 1215 (69%) to 536 (31%).

On proposition three, the amendment clarifying that certain economic development programs do not constitute a debt, Falls County supported the amendment 859 (52%) to 792 (48%).

On proposition four, amendment authorizing the denial of bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of the defendant’s release pending trial, Falls County supported the amendment 1492 (84%) to 278 (16%).

On proposition five, the amendment allowing the legislature to define rates of interest for commercial loans, Falls County voted against the amendment 1051 (62%) to 652 (38%).

On proposition six, the amendment to include one additional public member and a constitutional county court judge in the membership of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Falls County supported the amendment 916 (58%) to 662 (42%).

On proposition seven, the amendment authorizing line-of-credit advances under a reverse mortgage, Falls County voted against the amendment 845 (51%) to 807 (51%).

On proposition eight, the amendment providing for the clearing of land titles by relinquishing and releasing any state claim to sovereign ownership or title to interest in certain lands in Upshur County and Smith County, Falls County supported the amendment 955 (60%) to 643 (40%).

On proposition nine, the amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for six-year staggered terms for a board member of a regional mobility authority, Falls County voted against the amendment 1040 (62%) to 643 (38%).

Over 475 voters turned out for early voting, and over 1350 voted on election day.

State-wide, all amendments passed except proposition five and proposition nine.

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