Same-sex marriage has been legal in the U. Supreme Court ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, Prior to that ruling, same-sex marriage was not legal in Texas, although a state court ordered the Travis County clerk to issue one marriage license to two women on February 19, , citing the illness of one of them.
Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizes gay marriage nationwide
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The Texas Supreme Court today defied the U. The ruling revives a case that was dead and sends it back to the trial court to give the parties another chance to attack the marriage of same-sex couples. Smith , stating explicitly that states may not treat same-sex married couples differently than other married couples. Pidgeon v. Upton, Jr.
Supreme Court stays out of Texas gay marriage battle
Unfortunately for social conservatives, it did not, however, make nullification legal around the nation. Nullification is the historical idea that states can ignore federal laws, or pass laws that supersede them. This concept has a long but not especially honorable pedigree in U. Its origins date back to antebellum America, where Southern states tried to nullify tariffs and Northern states tried to nullify fugitive-slave laws.
Bill being debated in the legislature seeks to bar officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses or recognizing same-sex unions performed in another state. Texas lawmakers could vote this week to pass a law that would block same-sex marriage, even as the US supreme court considers whether to make it legal across the US. Since the start of the current legislative session in January, Texas Republicans have proposed more than 20 bills meant to weaken LGBT rights in the state — one of the 13 states where such marriages are still banned. Up for debate on Tuesday is HB , which seeks to bar state and local officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses or recognizing same-sex marriages performed in another state. It would also prohibit government funds from being used to enforce same-sex marriage.