Voters across the state approved an amendment by a 3-to-1 margin, effectively banning gay marriage.

In Navarro County, that same measure — Proposition 2 — passed by nearly a 9-to-1 margin.

Prop. 2 defines “marriage” as a union between a man and woman, blocking in the state constitution any possibility of a gay marriage or civil union.

With 80 percent of the state’s precincts reporting about 11 p.m. Tuesday, Prop. 2 had slightly more than 1.4 million favorable votes with 787,000 voting against adding the definition to the constitution.

Navarro County’s final total was 5,276-604 in favor of the marriage definition. The final tally tracked closely with early voting totals, which also had about 90 percent in favor of the definition.

The county also tracked with the state on other issues.

On Proposition 1, a measure setting up a fund for the relocation and improvement of rail lines, was approved statewide and in the county. Area voters passed the measure 54.3 percent to 45.6 percent.

The measure to give the Legislature control of setting commercial loan interest rates was rejected statewide by more than 200,000 votes with about a fifth of the precincts yet to report. Navarro County voters rejected the measure at about the same 55 percent to 45 percent rate as the state.

Both the state and the county turned thumbs down on expanding the mobility authority terms in office from two to six years, although the measure was nearly an even split locally. It was rejected 53-to-47 percent on the statewide tally.

And allowing reverse mortgages was approved by both statewide and local voters by about a 3-to-2 margin.


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