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Texas Court to Consider Gay Divorce Case

Texas Court to Consider Gay Divorce Case

  Conservative groups claim that an issue before the Texas Supreme Court today is simply a round about attempt to legalize gay marriage in Texas, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  The high court will hear arguments on whether judges in Texas have the right to divorce gay couples who were legally married in other states.

 

  The issue reached the Supreme Court because state appellate courts have mixed in their rulings.  One appeals court ruled the marriages can be dissolved in Texas and the other said they cannot.

 

  Both of the couples were legally married in Massachusetts, which was one of the first states to legalize gay marriage.

 

  "What this really should be is an opportunity for people to be reminded that our constitutional is very clear, marriage is between one man and one woman," veteran Texas conservative activist Jonathan Saenz, who heads the group Texas Values, told 1200 WOAI news.  "Gay marriage, civil unions, gay divorce, none of those things is allowed in our state."

 

  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has written a brief that also sides with denying Texas judges the right to officiate at gay divorces.

 

  "We believe that cases like this will actually be used to undermine our definition of marriage in Texas, and I believe the Supreme Court will not allow that to happen," Saenz said.

 

  The voters of Texas approved a Constitutional Amendment in 2005, voting by a 76% majority to declare that marriage is only between one man and one woman.

 

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