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April 21, 2010

TX appellate court to hear arguments in same-sex divorce case

Last year a local judge in Texas granted a divorce to a same-sex couple who had been legally married in Massachusetts. The decision was controversial, since Texas does not recognize same-sex marriages. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports

The question of whether same-sex couples who marry in other states should be able to divorce each other in Texas — a state that only recognizes marriages between one man and one woman — heats up Wednesday when it goes before an appeals court in Dallas. 

The case expected to draw national attention involves two Dallas men, identified in court documents as "J.B." and "H.B." who married each other in Massachusetts in 2006 and now want a divorce. State attorneys will argue to the 5th Court of Appeals Wednesday why that should not happen in Texas. 

 This is the first such case in Texas to be appealed to a higher court — and one that could go all the way to the Texas Supreme Court before a precedent-setting ruling is delivered, political observers say.


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