AG Greg Abbott Vowed to Appeal the Ruling on Texas’ Gay Marriage Ban
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office was working on an appeal Thursday of a federal judge’s decision to lift the state’s ban on gay marriage.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled a day earlier that the ban was unconstitutional. But the judge is allowing the law to remain in place to give Abbot time to appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, noting that the issue will likely end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Abbott, the leading candidate to replace Republican Gov. Rick Perry, took a conciliatory tone after the ruling. He said “there are good, well-meaning people on both sides” of the same-sex marriage debate, but he insisted that states have the right to set their own marriage laws.
He said Texas voters did just that in 2005, by passing a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.