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TX Attorney General tells Rockwall audience he has appealed Dallas judge’s gay divorce ruling

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By J.J. Smith. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott had already planned to visit Rockwall this past Saturday to speak to a conservative group organized by Rockwall City Council member Mark Russo and Rockwall resident John White  at the Rockwall County Library.

But neither Abbott nor the meeting’s organizers imagined when they arranged the visit that Dallas District Judge Tena Callahan would rule last Thursday that two gay men married in Massachusetts could divorce in Texas, forcing the Attorney General to immediately challenge her decision. 

Among the questions he answered in Rockwall was that since 76 percent of the state’s voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2005 – recognizing only marriage between a man and woman - he had no choice but to file a notice of appeal Friday, halting the Dallas court from enforcing its day-old ruling that the state’s ban on gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.

“The laws and constitution of the State of Texas define marriage as an institution involving one man and one woman,” said Abbott, contending that the men are not eligible for divorce in Texas because they were not a party to marriage under state law.

Abbott also shared his optimistic views that conservative Republican candidates will have a very good chance to be elected beginning in 2010 because he said research shows that after Democrats Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were elected, Republicans overwhelmingly swept into office nationwide because of the backlash from voters who realized that Democrat policies were not working. He suggested the same thing will happen once voters realize that Obama’s policies area also ineffective in solving the nation’s economic and military woes.

He added that, on the other hand, if conservatives want to be elected then they must be true to real conservative principles including lower taxes, less government and encouraging free enterprise.

Abbott also predicted that Texas would again elect a Republican Governor. He said Pres. Obama was as good a campaigner as we’ll probably ever see and if he still only managed to convince 44 percent of Texas voters to vote for him, no Democrat candidate will come close to generating as many votes.

“I can assure you that (former Houston Mayor) Bill White, for example, can’t get 44 percent. No one likes to hear Bill White speak.

He also predicted that if a Republican is to be elected as governor, it will take the highest possible Republican voter turnout in Rockwall County and across the state.

“You will need to get every eligible Republican and Independent voter to the polls to vote for the GOP candidate,” he said. 

For more info about attending the weekly Saturday morning Rockwall Conservatives meeting, contact John White at john@rockwallcontrols.com.

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