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Candidate for Texas AG files brief opposing marriage equality

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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