The Texas Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling granting a divorce to a same-sex couple. This would appear to be a bold and even precedent-setting move since Texas has in place a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
In its ruling, the state’s highest court said that Texas authorities, who had tried to block the divorce of Angelique Naylor and Sabina Daly, did not have proper standing to interfere with the proceeding. Naylor and Daly wed in Massachusetts in 2004.
The motion to block the divorce was initiated by then-Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has since been elected Governor of the Lone Star State.
In its ruling, which was handed down Friday, the Texas Supreme Court wrote:
“As a simple matter of fact and record, the state is not party to the case.”
Short, sweet, and to the point. The court is to be congratulated for their brevity and their wisdom.
Abbott, as you might expect, said he disagreed with the decision:
“The Texas Supreme Court’s decision is disappointing and legally incorrect. The court mistakenly relied on a technicality to allow this divorce to proceed.”
Preening jackass that he is, Governor Abbott thinks he understands the law better than the highest court in his state. What a jerk!
The decision by the Texas court comes as the nation awaits a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on the legality of same-sex marriage under the U.S. Constitution. The Justices are expected to issue their ruling sometime this month, and it is widely believed they will rule in favor of same-same unions.
Then I suppose Greg Abbott can tell us all how wrong they are, too. How did this man ever get elected in the first place? Oh yeah, I forgot: It’s Texas, and they do all sorts of incomprehensible things.