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Greg Abbott, the conservative Republican candidate for Governor in the state of Texas has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the the court, or third party) brief in support of Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage, which was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge on 16 February 2014. This brief, filed last week states that Abbott believes that the ban allows Children to grow up, ‘in stable, lasting relationships.’ He does not believe the LGBT community could provide that for children.
Abbott currently serves as Texas’ attorney general, or the chief prosecutor of the state. He has held this position since 2002. His running mate for Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick has stated previously he believes anything to do with the LGBT population is, “disgusting.” I had the opportunity to attend a fundraiser for the Texas Republican Tea Party as a delegate for the youth rights. During one of Mr. Patrick’s speeches at this event he stated, “Fag marriage is the Devil’s marriage and belongs with pedophiles, and other sodomites.” He received a standing ovation for said statement.
Mr. Abbott has joined 63 Texas legislators in saying that if same sex marriage is passed, then, “ marriage restrictions on age, polygamy, and consanguinity are also ripe for challenge.”
A link to the brief can be found here.