Crowds fill Capitol corridors ahead of abortion vote
As the Capitol Rotunda rumbled with chants and cheers, one flight below hundreds of people — a mix of blue and orange — waited patiently and quietly in line to get a seat in the gallery of the Texas Senate.
The line stretched down several flights of stairs and into a basement corridor where Stephanie Russell, 27, and her husband brought up the rear. A supporter of the abortion measure up for debate Friday, Russell said she had never been politically involved before but she felt the need to be here today.
“Just to be a presence,” Russell said. “That’s the goal of the blue shirts right now, to be a silent presence.”
Others in blue shirts, the mark of abortion opponents, passed out prayers lists and signed “Peace Statements” that laid out the rules of the gallery.