AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin.
The Feb. 19 ruling doesn’t invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued for health reasons. One of the women has cancer.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he is seeking to void the marriage license through other means, though he didn’t provide details.
Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2005. The law has been overturned by a federal judge, but the judge put the ruling on hold while the case makes its way through the courts. An appeal is currently pending before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.