US: Texas officials cite Puerto Rico ruling in defence of same-sex marriage ban
Texas officials have cited a Puerto Rican federal judge’s decision to maintain a ban on equal marriage in their own defence over the issue.
Judges across the US have almost uniformly agreed that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional after the Supreme Court struck down the Defence of Marriage Act last year.
Chron reports Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell said the judge was right when he made the ruling.
Citing the Puerto Rico case, he said: “Conde-Vidal concludes that the definition of marriage is to be decided by the people and their elected representatives, not by federal judges.
”The sound decision in Conde-Vidal deserves this Court’s consideration.”
The ruling in Puerto Rico is expected to be overturned on appeal, as it is considered extremely unlikely to stand up to scrutiny.
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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.”
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.