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Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott set to face off for Texas governor

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans picked the state's attorney general in the fight to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry, while a rising Democratic star coasted to her party's nomination Tuesday night during the nation's first statewide primary. [ Read more → ]
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Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general against longtime gay friend

Friday, February 28, 2014
When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend's bedside. They were law school pals who swapped stories over dinner, job leads and airport rides, and they still exchange Christmas cards today. Their friendship is now at an extraordinary junction: Phariss, who is gay, filed the Texas lawsuit that a federal judge used this week to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Jerry Lara, APPlaintiffs (from left) Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, and Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes, give a news conference in San Antonio on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 after U.S. Federal Judge Orlando Garcia declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional.

Texas files notice to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, February 27, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas has officially given notice it will appeal a federal judge's decision to lift the state's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Texas AG Greg Abbott promises to fight same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has promised to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) will face off in November in the Texas governor's race.

Marriage lawsuits could help Davis, hurt Abbott in Texas governors race

Monday, February 17, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Greg Abbott's job as Texas' top lawyer placed him in the line of fire last week when his likely Democratic opponent in the governor's race called on him to stop defending lawsuits over same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound. [ Read more → ]
AP Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is the leading Democratic candidate for governor.

Texas gubernatorial candidate calls on AG to stop defending gay marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014
SAN ANTONIO -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports same-sex marriage and called on her opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]
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Texas Supreme Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday about whether the state can grant divorces to gay couples married elsewhere despite its own constitutional ban on gay marriage, in one of the first serious challenges to that 2005 amendment. [ Read more → ]
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Texas’ top Republican candidates unanimously oppose gay rights

Saturday, September 21, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- As legal questions surrounding gay rights become major issues in Texas, Republicans running for the top statewide offices unanimously oppose expanding protections based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
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Texas high court to consider state jurisdiction over same-sex divorces

Saturday, August 24, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Supreme Court says it will consider whether the state has jurisdiction over same-sex divorces and the constitutionality of the state's law banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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Texas AG’s opinion on same-sex partner benefits doesn’t worry cities, counties

Friday, May 3, 2013
EL PASO, Texas -- Cities and counties that offer same-sex partner health benefits don't anticipate altering their policies after the Texas attorney general called the practice unconstitutional, though his opinion does serve as fuel for litigation against entities providing benefits to gay couples. [ Read more → ]
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Texas Attorney General: Same-sex marriage benefits unconstitutional

Monday, April 29, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion stating that local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex partners are violating the state constitution. [ Read more → ]
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Texas Attorney General steps in to block same-sex divorce

Monday, February 15, 2010
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is trying to stop the divorce of two women in Austin on grounds their Massachusetts marriage is not legally recognized in the Lone Star state. Last week, a Travis County state district judge granted a divorce in court to Sabina Daly [...] [ Read more → ]
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