Twenty-one percent of Anderson County's registered voters turned out for Tuesday's constitutional amendment election, overwhelmingly voting in favor of a proposition defining marriage as between one man and one woman in Texas.

Proposition 2, which denied legal status for same sex marriage, was the driving force behind an above-average turnout for a November amendment election, attracting a statewide showing of 15.4 percent.

Statewide, voters supported Proposition 2 by a 76.15-to-23.85 percent margin. In Anderson County, the gulf was even greater as 90.5 percent — or 6,131 of the 6,771 voters casting a vote on the amendment — supported the measure.

"The people have spoken and overwhelmingly support Prop 2 despite the misinformation and scare tactics used by some opposition groups," State Sen. Todd Staples, R-Palestine, said Tuesday night.

Staples, who was the Senate sponsor of Proposition 2, said the lopsided vote "reaffirms the will of mainstream Texans and protects the sanctity of marriage from activist judges who seek to redefine it."

Another proposed amendment which drew much interest and also passed was Proposition 4 which gives judges the ability to deny bail to a criminal defendant who violates a condition of their release pending trial.

Cherokee County District Attorney Elmer Beckworth was instrumental in getting the issue before voters after a Jacksonville man killed his estranged wife as her family members watched in horror.

Texas voters approved Proposition 4 by a 84.8-to-15.2 percent margin, with Anderson County voters backing the measure by an 88-to-12 percent margin.

"This amendment closes what I think was a loophole that prevented our legal system from protecting innocent victims," Staples said Tuesday night. "It's a strong victory for victims' rights. It says it's high time victims' rights and safety take precedence over criminals."

Propositions 5 and 9 were the only two of the nine constitutional amendments nixed by statewide voters.

Proposition 5, which would have allowed the Legislature to define commercial loan rates, failed statewide by a 56.6-to-43.4 percent margin, while Proposition 9, which would have extended terms of regional mobility authority members to six years, was rejected by a 53.4-to-46.6 percent margin.

Anderson County voters rejected both of the propositions by slightly greater margins.

While Texas voters only disapproved of two of the amendments, Anderson County voters also voted against Proposition 1 which created funding for Texas rail facilities.

Texas voters said "yes" to rail funding by a 53.8-to-46.2 percent margin, but Anderson County voters said "no" by a 54.5-to-45.5 percent margin — or 3,361-to-2,803 votes.

There are currently 28,322 registered voters in Anderson County.

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