Texas AG Greg Abbott Takes A Stand for Traditional Marriage
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal with the U.S. 5th Circuit Monday regarding the state's same-sex marriage ban, which was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in February.
According to the brief, Abbott said Texas can ban same-sex marriage based on the State's interest in procreation.
The State contends that marriage between a man and a woman "increases the likelihood" that they will produce and raise their children in "stable, lasting relationships."
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio in February struck down Texas' ban on same-sex marriage, but Garcia stayed the ruling from taking effect pending appeal.
In 2005, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and said the state would not recognize same-sex marriages.