The first sentence of an intended ban on same-sex marriage, drafted by state lawmakers last spring, defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
The second sentence states: "This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage."
And not recognizing anything "identical" to marriage could mean not recognizing marriage, said Glen Maxey, who heads No Nonsense in November, an Austin-based group battling the amendment.
Eliminating matrimony is certainly one way to end the debate over gay marriage. But it's probably not what the writers of this amendment had in mind.