Texas lawmakers celebrate 10 years of anti-LGBT bigotry with cake

Legislators had a little party at the capitol to honor the anniversary of the state's same-sex marriage ban

Published February 25, 2015 11:17PM (EST)

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Texas officials are already trying their damnedest to un-marry the state's first-ever legally married same-sex couple, but it seems that for several lawmakers, it's simply not enough to make sure Texans don't have marriage equality. Nope -- anti-LGBTQ discrimination and bigotry, especially when codified into state law, are things to be celebrated! Things to be celebrated with smiles and joy -- and cake!

On Tuesday, state legislators gathered at the Texas capitol for Faith and Family Day, a commemoration organized by the organizations Texas Values and Texas Right to Life to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. According to the Austin-American Statesman, which ran an image of the event on its front page Wednesday, festivities included speeches and a wedding cake.

The cake read "10th Anniversary of 2005 Marriage Act" and was cut gleefully by State Rep. Cecil Bell, who introduced a bill in January that would strip any state employee who issues a same-sex marriage license of her or his salary, pension and other benefits. All in all, a very sweet tin anniversary.

Last year, a federal judge ruled Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a decision that is currently on hold. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in an appeal earlier this year, and is expected to weigh in imminently. The U.S. Supreme Court will also rule on marriage equality this summer, and is expected to find all state same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

By Jenny Kutner

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