Heartless Texas Attorney General Fights To Invalidate The State’s Only Same-Sex Marriage

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) is fighting furiously to invalidate the Lone Star State’s lone same-sex marriage. On Thursday, State District Judge David Wahlberg issued an order granting a marriage license to Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend in Travis County. Goodfriend has ovarian cancer. Wahlberg granted the license to the Austin couple, citing a probate court ruling on Tuesday that determined the state’s ban on same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional. Judge Wahlberg also noted the “severity and uncertainty” of Goodfriend’s health

, when he granted the couple permission to marry.

On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton began a mad scramble to invalidate the couple’s marriage. At Paxton’s request, the state Supreme Court issued a stay on two separate court rulings declaring Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. However, Paxton wasn’t content to just prevent the floodgates from opening to allow other gay and lesbian couples to wed. He also took aim at Bryant and Goodfriend’s marriage.

Paxton fumed that validating the lesbian couple’s marriage would send Texas into “legal chaos”. Lashing out at Judge Wahlberg’s ruling, Paxton griped:

The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law. The same-sex marriage license issued yesterday is not valid because it conflicts with the Texas Constitution and state law.

The couple’s attorney was quick to point out Paxton’s mean-spirited efforts to invalidate their marriage. Attorney Brian Thompson commented on Paxton’s actions, stating:


If he’s in the business of suing loving couples who’ve been together 30 years, one of whom has cancer, than I think it’s a sad day for Texas.

To be sure, the actions of Paxton are not only sad, but pathetic. Like George Wallace standing in a schoolhouse door in 1963, the Texas Republican may be proudly resisting progress on behalf of tradition and bigotry. However, like Wallace’s stand against desegregation, Paxton is standing on the wrong side of history. If the Attorney General wants his legacy to be that he tried to invalidate the marriage of a woman with cancer and her lover of 30 years, he is free to choose that path. However, it isn’t a legacy he is likely to be proud of twenty years from now.


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  • Texans can be soooo proud. Such compassion!

    There are many good people in Texas. It would be nice if they started scraping the shit off their shoes...

  • This reminds me of Lovings vs the Dtate of Virginia.

    The arguments used by the racists against interracial marriage are the same arguments used by today's homophobes. One wonders if bigots are even capable of an origional thought.

  • He's from Texas and he's a republican. That fact alone pretty much says, I'm redneck bigot. I guess those good christians that voted for him, expect nothing less. Maybe I'm missing something. But I don't see how this marriage, between these two women, will affect anyone but them.

  • June is Wedding Month.
    The Supreme Court will rule on Gay Marriage in June.
    There's a good chance Paxton will behave in such a way that the President will have to send Federal Troops to Texas to prevent Paxton from Ignoring what I believe will be a decision by the Supreme Court that will state that Gay Marriage is legal and will be permitted in all 50 states.
    The troops won't have to come to Austin.

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