In a first for Texas, a judge ruled Thursday that two men married in another state can divorce here and that the state's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
Both a voter-approved state constitutional amendment and the Texas Family Code prohibit same-sex marriages or civil unions.
Although the case is far from settled, and the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage is a long way from being thrown out, Dallas state District Judge Tena Callahan's ruling says the state prohibition of same-sex marriage violates the federal constitutional right to equal protection.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott had intervened in the two men's divorce case, arguing that because a gay marriage isn't recognized in Texas, a Texas court can't dissolve one through divorce.
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Marriage is NOT a religious term, and it's certainly not a Christan invention. Marriage started out as a contract between two MEN, in which a father sold his daughter to another man, or gave her away so he didn't have to pay for her anymore. Happily marriage has evolved into something much better over the years. However, just because you're religion says marriage should only be between a man and a woman doesn't make it right for everyone. A ban on gay marriage violates the right to pursuehappiness to some of this countries citizens. Letting people vote on it violates the idea of Majority rule, Minority rights, a very important ideal of this country. If the people had been alowed to vote on it, women may never have gotten the right to vote in this country.
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