USA, Texas: Divorce Could Open the Door to Marriage Equality

Written by scott on September 12th, 2013

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The state of Texas is refusing to allow gay and lesbian couples legally married in other states to get divorced.

Slate reports:

On Nov. 5 the Supreme Court of Texas will hear arguments regarding whether the men’s constitutional rights are violated by not granting them a divorce. J.B. and H.B.’s case is actually one of two same-sex divorce cases now pending before the Texas Supreme Court. In a second case, the same-sex divorce was granted to a lesbian couple after a state appeals court determined that the state of Texas intervened too late. These cases have placed Texas’ highest state officials in the ironic–one could even argue rather romantic–position of fighting to keep two gay couples married to one another. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened in the J.B and H.B. divorce case, taking the position that “because the Constitution and laws of the state of Texas define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, the court correctly ruled that Texas courts do not have authority to grant a same-sex divorce.” Any other ruling, he said in a statement, would allow other states to impose their values on Texas.

It is ironic that a ruling allowing two men to divorce could end up basically affirming the right to marriage equality in Texas. Stay tuned…

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