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Texas Attorney General: I oppose equal marriage because I’ve had a wife for 33 years

Aaron Day October 2, 2014
Governor Greg Abbott

Former Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has claimed he opposes same-sex marriage because he’s been married to his wife for 33 years.

According to LoneStarQ, the question about equal marriage was posed during a gubernatorial debate against Democrat Wendy Davis on Tuesday.

It came via Twitter from a man named John from Fort Worth, and was read aloud by the debate moderator Norma Garcia.

John asked Abbott: “If a 10-year-old girl asked you whether her two dads should be allowed to get married, what would you tell her?”

Abbott replied: “John, I want you to know there are good and decent people on both sides of this issue. I believe in traditional marriage.

“That’s what 75 percent of Texans agreed with less than a decade ago when they passed a constitutional amendment in the state of Texas saying that marriage in Texas is a union between one man and one woman.

“Now, for me personally, this is more than a constitutional amendment. I’ve been married to my wife Cecilla for more than 33 years now.”

Moderator Norma Garcia then asked: “Is that what you would tell the 10-year-old?”

“That’s what I just told John,” Abbott responded.

In July, the office of Greg Abbott said the state originally banned gay and lesbian couples from marrying in the interest of ensuring children are born in “stable, lasting relationships.”

Judge Orlando Garcia struck down the state’s marriage ban in February, but stayed the ruling, meaning it will not come into effect until Abbott’s appeal is concluded.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been accused of deliberately stalling that appeal after asking for a second extension on the legal brief earlier this week.

Abbott’s office claimed that Texas voters approved an amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and should be allowed to decide whether to keep it.

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