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Austin City Council Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Vote is symbolic only, same-sex marriage still not recognized in Texas

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    Cindy Barrymore

    The Austin City Council has voted to make the capital city of Texas the first in the state to formally endorse the legalization of same-sex marriages.

    The Thursday vote was unanimous.

    The state of Texas doesn't presently recognize same-sex marriages. State law defines marriage as strictly between a man and a woman.

    However, councilmember Sheryl Cole says that although the vote is purely symbolic, "symbolic acts matter."

    According to supporting city documents, a 2010 University of Texas survey found that 63 percent of the Texans question support some form of legal civil union for same-sex couples.