2015s 9 constitutional amendments there were 9

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2015’s 9 constitutional amendmentsThere were 9 amendments proposed, and all passedVoter turnout was low at about 11.34 percent, but up from 2013’s turnout of about 8.55 percentThere are two possible reasons for low turnout:Amendment votes are held in off-yearsMany amendments are relatively insignificant to voters
Recent Attempts to Rewrite the Texas Constitution: Proposition 2 and Obergefell v. HodgesIn 2005, social conservatives urged Texans to vote in favor of Proposition 2, which defined marriage in Texas as the union of one man and one woman. This Appeal to traditional values contributed to relatively high turnout, and Proposition 2 passed by more than a 3-to-1 margin. In Obergefell v. Hodgesin 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage was a fundamental right guaranteed to same-sex couples. Some public officials have sought to undercut the full effect of the ruling. Attorney General Ken Paxton advised county clerks in Texas that they could refuse marriage license to same-sex couples on religious grounds.38
The Constitution and the Future of TexasNo effort to change the Constitution of Texas has taken place in recent years.This is likely to continue, with amendments being the only source of change to the constitution.Amendments do reflect the values and goals of the people of Texas and the political system that was put in place by Texans.
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46Table 2.1: The Changing Texas Constitutions, 1845–1876
47Table 2.2: A Constitutional Timeline, 1836–1876
48Table 2.4: Major Constitutional Officers in Texas
49Table 2.4: Major Constitutional Officers in Texas
50Table 2.6: Passed Constitutional Amendments, 2015
51Table 2.7: Some Important Constitutional Amendments
52Table 2.7: Some Important Constitutional Amendments

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