The Supreme Court in the US state of Texas on Tuesday will hear arguments in a case which could challenge the state’s constitutional ban on equal marriage.

Two couples who had married in Massachusetts were granted divorces in Texas, however the state Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is now in the running to become Governor, intervened.

Abbott said in legal documents that the couples could not divorce in the state, which does not recognise or allow same-sex marriage.

The court is expected initially to take the case under consideration before later ruling.

A constitutional amendment was made in 2005, when voted on by Texans, which excluded same-sex couples from the definition of marriage.