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Third Court of Appeals in Austin hears oral arguments this week on gay divorce in Travis County

Court urged to void Travis County gay divorceNot only is gay marriage illegal in Texas, so is gay divorce, state's lawyer argues. ByChuck Lindell
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Published: 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

A state lawyer argued before an appeals court Wednesday that state District Judge Scott Jenkins violated state law and improperly exceeded his authority when he granted a divorce earlier this year to a same-sex couple.
Texas law not only limits marriage to opposite-sex couples, it forbids any action — including divorce — that recognizes or validates a same-sex marriage obtained out of state, said James Blacklock, a lawyer in Attorney General Greg Abbott's appellate division. He urged the 3rd Court of Appeals to invalidate the divorce. "The people of Texas and their elected representatives have spoken very clearly on the issues of this case: Marriage consists solely of the union of one man and one woman," Blacklock said during oral arguments. But lawyers for t…