Why Doesn’t Texas Have Civil Unions?

An October poll found that Texans are more gay-friendly than you might suspect. Even though "58 percent are against same-sex marriage in Texas," a sizable majority, 69 percent, "would allow some form of legal partnership." Erica Grieder explains why, regardless, progress towards equality isn't likely anytime soon:

If you were just polling elected officeholders, however, I bet you could easily find a 75% majority against gay marriage, and probably against civil unions for that matter. The usual reasons apply: years of Republican hegemony and Democratic torpor have created a situation in which the Republican primary is, in many cases, more important than the general election. The political battles are therefore being fought between the right and the far right. And both camps have reason to oppose gay marriage. The latter because they're against it, and the former because–even if they're not philosophically opposed to gay rights– public displays of moderation, or even disinterest, bring them nothing but trouble.