Court says gay couples can't divorce in Texas
POSTED: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 4:12pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 10:57am
DALLAS (AP) - A Texas court of appeals has ruled that gay
couples legally married in other states cannot get a divorce in
Texas, where same-sex marriages are banned.
The 5th Texas Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Dallas judge
did not have jurisdiction to grant a divorce to two Dallas men who
wed in Massachusetts.
The Dallas judge had also ruled that Texas can't limit marriage
to being between a man and a woman. The appeals court said Texas'
laws against same-sex marriage don't violate the Constitution.
The Dallas men, known only as J.B. and H.B. in court filings,
married in 2006 in Massachusetts and separated two years later.
An attorney for J.B. said Tuesday that they had not yet decided
whether to appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.
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