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Fri Aug 23, 2013, 03:38 PM

Texas Supreme Court takes same-sex divorce cases

The Texas Supreme Court announced Friday that it will determine whether same-sex couples, legally married in other states, can be granted a divorce in Texas.

The cases, involving couples from Austin and Dallas, will be the first test of Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court determined this summer that marriage laws can be unconstitutional if they relegate legally married same-sex couples to second-class status.

Oral argument will be Nov. 5, and a ruling isn’t expected for months afterward.

Attorney General Greg Abbott argues that Texas law not only limits marriage to opposite-sex couples, it forbids any action — including divorce — that recognizes or validates a same-sex marriage obtained out of state.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/texas-supreme-court-takes-same-sex-divorce-cases/nZZy2/ .

Cross-posted in LGBT Group.

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