Texas Attorney General: Domestic Partnerships Are Unconstitutional

Think Progress LGBT
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April 30, 2013

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) has issued new guidance stating that domestic partnerships are unconstitutional under the Texas state Constitution’s amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples. However, his decision does contain a certain nuance that would still allow for same-sex couples to receive their partners’ health benefits. Abbott points out that recognizing relationships “similar” to marriage — like domestic partnerships — is unconstitutional, but, citing a lawmaker’s remarks when Texas passed its marriage amendment, he explains that the health benefits themselves are.