Texas Attorney General Promises Appeal to Gay Marriage Ruling

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Texas Attorney General's office is working on an appeal after a federal judge ruled that state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

Attorney General Greg Abbott promised a quick response Wednesday following the ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia.

Garcia said states didn't have the power to deny people the fundamental right to marry and enjoy its benefits. Abbott said there are "good, well-meaning people on both sides," but that states have the right to set their own marriage laws.

Garcia is allowing Texas to keep enforcing its ban pending an appeal that will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Garcia's decision adds to a tangle of court cases and laws across the country on same-sex marriage. Attorneys general in six states aren't appealing similar rulings.

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