Texas Attorney General: Domestic Partnerships Are Unconstitutional

Think Progress LGBT
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.