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Texas Attorney General: I can’t say if I’d have defended interracial marriage ban

Nick Duffy October 20, 2014
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Republican Greg Abbott – who defends a ban on same-sex marriage in Texas because ‘it’s the law’ – has refused to say whether he’d feel the same way about a ban on interracial marriage.

The state’s Attorney General, who is running to become the Governor of Texas, defended his decision to support the marriage ban in an interview with the San Antonio News-Ledger, claiming it was his job to defend all laws.

Asked whether he would take the same approach for a ban on interracial marriage, he said: “Right now, if there was a ban on interracial marriage, that’s already been ruled unconstitutional.

“All I can do is deal with the issues that are before me.

“The job of an attorney general is to represent and defend in court the laws of their client, which is the state Legislature, unless and until a court strikes it down.”

Pushed on the unclear answer, he said: “Actually, the reason why you’re uncertain about it is because I didn’t answer the question. And I can’t go back and answer some hypothetical question like that.”

Mr Abbott previously claimed he supported a same-sex marriage ban because he’s been married for 33 years, saying: “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.”

Related topics: Anti-gay, attorney general, governor, greg abbott, homophobic, Law, Texas, US

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