A Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general says a 2005 constitutional amendment intended to ban gay marriage may have undermined the legal basis for all marriages in the state. The amendment barred the state government from recognizing "any legal status identical or similar to marriage" -- a phrase that experts say appears to encompass both gay and heterosexual unions. "Whoever vetted the language ... must have been asleep at the wheel," Barbara Ann Radnofsky says. "This is indeed a huge mistake."

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