A high turnout of pastors at the Texas state capitol was one key to protecting them in the Lone Star State.
The Texas legislature ended its session with bipartisan passage of the Pastor Protection Bill, which states that pastors are legally protected if they refuse to perform a same-gender "marriage" ceremony in the state.
Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values says pastors showed up in larger numbers and faced down opponents that included the ACLU and Equality Texas, a homosexual advocacy group.
Texas media and liberal groups claimed there was bipartisan support for the measure after some wording was clarified.
On its website, Equality Texas lists the Pastor Protection Bill under "formerly opposed legislation."
Conservative groups and homosexual activists are awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court decision coming in late June that will decide if the justices find a constitutional right to same-sex "marriage."
While homosexual activists await what they call "marriage equality," pro-family groups are concerned that a decision making it legal in all 50 states will eventually trickle down to local churches and pastors that preach homosexuality is sinful.
During debate of the bill, The Star-Telegram quoted a gay House member, Rep. Celia Israel, who predicted on the House floor that homosexual "marriage" would one day become legal in Texas.
When that day comes, she said, she and her partner will not seek a conservative pastor to "bless our union."
"I will being going to someone who loves and respects us for who we are," she said, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Yet homosexual couples have sought to legally punish Christian cake bakers, photographers, florists and other business owners for refusing to be part of their wedding ceremony, using local non-discrimination ordinances or state laws to seek punishment.
Texas pastors in the Houston were infamously targeted by that city's lesbian mayor, who approved a court subpoena for copies of their sermons and even private communications such as emails. The mayor finally backed down after public pressure.
"There continues to be this message communicated that even people of faith are not protected when it comes to the issue of their decisions on marriage," Saenz observes.