State Constitutional Developments in 2004
In 2004 state constitutions played an unusually important role in state and national affairs. A record number of amendments banned same-sex marriage and may have influenced the presidential election. Other significant issues were also addressed. But the long-term trend against comprehensive revision continued.
About the Author
Janice C. May is professor emeritus of government at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specializes in state government and politics. A regular contributor to The Book of the States, she is the author of numerous publications on the Texas Constitution and government, including The Texas State Constitution: A Reference Guide, and on state constitutional development nationwide. She has served on two Texas constitutional commissions and on the board of directors of the Texas State Bar.