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Candidate for Texas AG files brief opposing marriage equality

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — Candidate for Texas attorney general Dan Branch has filed a legal brief opposing marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Dan Branch

Branch said Tuesday that he filed the paperwork with the Texas Supreme Court opposing a lawsuit that seeks to overturn a ban on gay marriage in Texas.

Texas has a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

But same-sex marriage is currently legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned a federal law preventing gays from receiving the same benefits as other married couples.

Branch, a Republican and currenly a member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas, has made opposition to gay marriage a key talking point in his bid to replace Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Branch said he worked with Abbott on the brief.

Abbott is running to replace Gov. Rick Perry.

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  1. What a shocker.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:19pm
  2. why, of course he did!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:19pm
  3. gotta establish those bigot credentials!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:21pm
  4. The Republicans don´t want big government. They forget that they are big hypocrites!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:23pm
  5. douche.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:23pm
  6. Give it a rest already!! Ugh!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:24pm
  7. go figure!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:26pm
  8. Request for election DENIED.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:28pm
  9. Texas? I am so surprised… Gay folk should leave the State. Not boycotting only Russia but their own people. Just my two stupid cents…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:34pm
  10. A republican… No suprise there.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:40pm
  11. Austin should secede from Texas.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:43pm
  12. Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:56pm
  13. the politicians were sworn to uphold the Constitution, yet every time I turn on my computer, All I see are politicians trying to alter or change it for their own agenda. Are we now in a political free for all?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:04pm
  14. I don´t even trust the candidates I voted for!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:05pm
  15. Of course he did.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:06pm
  16. Another Texas Jackass!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:16pm
  17. Wait a Second, I thought that yesterday the republican party agreed to STOP protecting the Marriage of one man and one woman FOREVER since DOMA is no longer in force. Guess the State of Texas and their DUMBASS leadership in the AG´s Department didn´t get the memo!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:28pm
  18. in Texas? Shocking..

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:32pm
  19. These Texas wacko Republican fascist are just lining up to be the next Prick “Oops” Perry. This guy is a moron. Texas has a very low voter turn out. this is what hey get – Republican Wackos in leadership like Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Louie Gohmert, Greg Abbott, etc. Unfortunately, the social conservative Republican nut jobs keep voting more than the majority of the state´s citizens that are more moderate than these extreme right Christian Taliban Republican Wackos! They will continue to demonize Gays and women citizens until the majority rises up and elect Democrat politicians that embrace diversity and equality. The Democrats must fight to free Texas from Republican fascist reich wing extremism! Vote blue!!! Vote for sanity!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:41pm
  20. what does that have to do with him. worry about his own marriage

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:44pm
  21. The land of ignorance and BIGOTS. Why not all move to Texas. Nothing there but Bigots and long horns..

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:46pm
  22. Jerk. Let´s not vote for him!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:49pm
  23. If Texans have much brains they won´t vote him in.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:29pm
  24. Texas, don´t you have more important issues??

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:36pm
  25. Once again Texas leads as the stupidest state ever….

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:50pm
  26. We Texans do have brains…our leaders do not however.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:51pm
  27. Yes I agree…. one more assholing candidate from the state that allowed the death of President Kennedy.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:52pm
  28. it´s time to get with the NEW CENTURY TEXAS….gays should have ALL THE SAME RIGHTS & PROTECTIONS as everyone else…..STOP USING RELIGION TO HATE PEOPLE.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:02am
  29. Idiot!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:09am
  30. TX politics is about the hokey bible and pandering to stupid hokey TX folks

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12:48am
  31. I assume he is Republican. He could play the Scarecrow very well.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:21am
  32. Texas sucks =(, sad I live here sometimes, but it´s not as bad as some place… mmmm =/ so many idiots

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:51am
  33. Yeah good luck buddy, the rest of the country is going in a much different direction than you are. Exposing your bigotry is more than welcome.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:07am
  34. I live in Texas, and i sure do hope idiots don´t vote for this Bigot!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:38am
  35. Keep trying fools. You will lose.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:59am
  36. What is going on in TX?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:00am
  37. Very ignorant to say the least!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:00am
  38. is there anything besides Vaginas and Penises that these Republicans can vote against. How about Republican voters realizing your money is going into the wrong areas, how about economy, education, food etc.. vote after you educate yourselves, these ass holes get up there and talk hate because it moistens your Vaginas and gives you Penises a hard on over the hate they spew !!! Jesus Christ get educated.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:23pm