Friday, October 2, 2009

Judge Questions Texas Gay Marriage Ban

~From The Dallas Morning News: Click here for the full story!

Dallas state District Judge Tena Callahan ruled Thursday that two men, who prefer to remain unidentified, may divorce in the state of Texas and that the state's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The men married in Cambridge, Mass., in September 2006 and in the interim since returning to Dallas have decided to dissolve their union.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott tried to intervene, arguing that because gay marriage is not legally recognized in Texas, a Texas court can not dissolve their marriage through divorce.

However, in March 2003, a Texas court became the first court outside Vermont to grant the dissolution of a civil union. The judge reversed his decision after a challenge by Abbott, a Republican.

Schulte, who represents one of the men in the divorce proceedings, was "surprised and ecstatic" by Judge Callahan's ruling and should have the order ready for the Judge to sign within "the next few weeks."

Abbot plans to appeal the ruling "to defend the traditional definition of marriage that was approved by Texas voters."


  1. Who'd have thought that a divorce could have such progressive ramifications? Way to go boys, rainbow color the Lone Star State. Yee Haw!

  2. It's all about the full faith and credit, yo . . . I am just surprised Texas was first.

  3. Yes indeed, major strides in Texas!

  4. Caroline - I am as well. Interesting!

    Anon - Indeed :D


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