Well halleljuah: Angelique Naylor (pictured) and Sabina Daly appear to have finally scored their divorced. The couple, who got married in Massachusetts and has been trying to get Texas to grant them a divorce (seemingly) ever since returning home to the state, cannot be stopped by Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott, who filed a motion to prevent the divorce because, he claims, Texas doesn’t recognize the marriage to begin with. But yesterday a three-judge panel of 3rd Texas Court of Appeals in Austin said Abbot has no claim here, which means he cannot interfere in the divorce proceedings. Abbot was moving to invalidate a lower court’s granting of the divorce, so unless the matter is appealed the the Texas Supreme Court, it should stop here. That said, the court didn’t rule on the legality of same-sex divorce (in a state where the constitution prohibits recognition of same-sex marriage), which means we’re going to head down this road a thousand more times before it’s resolved.
Good. Let the bigots create a mess of their laws and then try to clean it up.
According to the ruling, the state failed to intervene in a timely manner, and so had no standing. Since there was no controversy on this issue between parties with standing, the appeals court had to dismiss, resulting in a default judgment in favor of the plaintiffs.
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