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Texas Supreme Court Backs Out Of Ruling On Same-Sex Divorce Case

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Ryan E. Poppe

The state Supreme Court has decided it will not rule on a same-sex divorce case involving two women from Austin because they felt they had no precedent to do so.

Angelique Naylor and Sabrina Daly were married in Massachusetts before moving to Texas.  When the relationship ended, they petitioned a Travis County Judge to grant them a divorce, which the court granted. 

Governor Greg Abbott, serving at that time as Attorney General, appealed that decision to the state’s Supreme Court who after taking up the case last summer, decided not to rule on the matter because the Attorney General was not originally part of the private divorce settlement. 

And because of that, according to one of the women’s attorney’s, Jodie Scheske, the original civil procedure stands but does not open the door for gay marriage in Texas.