Texas Democrats have proposed legislation that seeks to repeal the state's 2005 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

House Rep. Rafael Anchia's bill would also repeal the state's law that prohibits recognition of the out-of-state marriages and civil unions of gay and lesbian couples, The Dallas Morning News' LGBTQ Blog reported.

Companion legislation was filed in the Senate by Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen.

“Marriage says 'we are a family' in a way that no other word does,” Anchia said in a statement. “Marriage strengthens families and gives couples the tools and security they need to build a life together.”

Repealing the ban requires the approval of lawmakers and Texas voters.

The move comes roughly eight months after a federal judge struck down Texas' restrictive marriage ban as unconstitutional. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear arguments in an appeal early next year.