Texas gay marriage

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Texas AG: Clerks Can Reject Gay Marriage

Paxton says they can follow their religious beliefs

(Newser) - County clerks in Texas with a religious objection to gay marriage should feel free to follow their conscience and not the Supreme Court's landmark ruling , according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. In an opinion released yesterday, Paxton said that clerks can refuse to issue licenses to gay couples,... More »

Texas Lets Lone 'Medically Fragile' Gay Couple Wed

Court orders county clerk to issue one marriage license

(Newser) - Texas has its first legally married same-sex couple as of this morning, reports the Austin American-Statesman —despite the Lone Star State's current ban on gay marriage. Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who live in Austin and have been together 30 years, got a one-time court-ordered marriage license in... More »

E-Marriages: a New Trend for Same-Sex Couples?

Skype weddings allow couples to legally marry at home

(Newser) - Same-sex marriage isn't legal in Texas, yet Mark Reed and his partner Dante Walkup recently tied the knot—in Dallas. The pair first traveled to Washington, DC, where gay marriage is legal, to register for their license. Then, back home in Texas, they gathered with 80 of their friends and... More »

Texas Court: Gay Couples Can't Divorce

Legally marry elsewhere? No divorce here

(Newser) - First it accidentally banned straight marriage: Now Texas has officially banned gay divorce. A state appeals court ruled yesterday that gay couples who legally marry in other states cannot get a divorce in Texas. The ruling follows a judge's October 2009 decision to allow two Dallas men who were married... More »

Texas Tries to Put Brakes on Gay Divorce

Attorney General is appealing two cases

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott isn't just fighting gay marriage—he's fighting gay divorce, too. He's appealing a court decision to grant a divorce to a couple of lesbians in Austin, and another splitting up a pair of gay men in Dallas. His logic: defending the “traditional definition of... More »

Texas Accidentally Bans Straight Marriage

Law designed to forbid gay civil unions actually bars any unions

(Newser) - The geniuses who wrote Texas’ gay marriage ban may have accidentally banned all marriage in the state, according to one Houston lawyer. Subsection B of the ban, a constitutional amendment ratified in 2005, states, “This state…may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.... More »

Gay Divorce OK, Texas Judge Rules

Ban on same-sex marriage violates equal-protection law

(Newser) - Though same-sex marriage isn’t legal in Texas, two men married in Massachusetts can get a divorce there, a judge said today in a ruling that finds the state’s ban in violation of federal equal-protection laws. “This is huge news. We’re ecstatic,” the lawyer representing one... More »

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