Austin, TX, February, 18 2015 – Late yesterday, Travis County probate judge Guy Herman declared Texas’ constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman as “unconstitutional.” Judge Herman’s ruling came in the case of a disputed estate fight in which an Austin woman sought to have her relationship with another woman, who died of cancer last year, deemed a marriage.
Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his office has sought a stay by the Texas Supreme Court and has also asked the court to overturn the judge’s ruling stating, “The probate judge’s misguided ruling does not change Texas law or allow the issuance of a marriage license to anyone other than one man and one woman.”
Texas Values President and Attorney, Jonathan Saenz, released the following statement in response:
“We are grateful for today’s actions by Attorney General Ken Paxton who is standing up for the citizens of Texas after they clearly and constitutionally recognized marriage as being between one man and one woman. The actions of the Attorney General are imperative to eliminate any confusion concerning state law as well as ensuring the continued enforcement of Texas marriage laws. Judge Herman and those that seek to abuse their judicial responsibilities to redefine marriage must be held accountable. We must continue to send a strong message to every judge in Texas that the people of Texas expect our marriage laws and state constitution to be respected.”
Texas Values continues to be the leading voice and force in protecting marriage between one man and one woman in Texas. Texas Values was at the oral argument on Texas’ marriage case at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month.