Governor Abbott Statement On Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Cases

April 28, 2015 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement in advance of the United States Supreme Court hearing oral arguments today in a series of cases over whether states' same-sex marriage bans are constitutional:

“Texans voted overwhelmingly to define marriage in this State as the union of one man and one woman. As Texas’ attorney general, I defended the definition of marriage in the Texas Constitution against court challenges, and I commend Attorney General Paxton for continuing that work. Texans—not unelected federal judges—should decide this important question for their State. I sincerely hope the U.S. Supreme Court will respect the sovereign right of States to define marriage.”