Texas won’t recognize your marriage. But once you are married, it won’t let end it either. That’s the problem facing a gay couple who were legally wed in Massachusetts and now live in Texas. The pair, known in court papers only by the initials J.B. and H.B., have decided to part amicably. The state of Texas, however, won’t let them.
The couple first sought a divorce in 2009, and a family court judge granted them the request. But a three-judge panel of the state appeals court overturned that ruling, saying that the state isn’t about to allow the dissolution of a marriage that it doesn’t allow in the first place. In essence, the state is saying that we don’t recognize your marriage, except when you want out of it. And then we’ll make you stay together.