Governor’s Race Issue: Gay Marriage

Greg Abbott

  • As Attorney General, Greg Abbott defended the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in Federal Court. When a judge in San Antonio ruled the state’s law was unconstitutional, Abbott appealed that case to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. That panel has not heard the case yet.
  • Abbott has no mention of gay marriage in his published campaign policies. When KXAN’s Josh Hinkle asked about same-sex marriage in Texas, Abbott simply pointed to the courts.

Josh Hinkle: What about Gay Marriage? It’s been brought up in other states recently and it is something that I know you have strong views about.

Greg Abbott: Here again is an issue that will be tied up in the courts for, it looks like, another year or 2. This will be an issue that will ultimately be decided by the United States Supreme Court.

  • On the campaign trail Abbott has avoided conversations about social issues like gay marriage. At the Republican Party of Texas convention, delegates approved adding “reparative therapy” to the party platform. That’s the idea of using therapy to turn a homosexual person heterosexual. In an interview with KYTX, a TV station in Tyler, Abbott distanced himself from the reparative therapy concept.

Greg Abbott: “First is jobs, second is schools, three is roads, transportation and water, and four is making sure our border is secure.”

Field Sutton: “It sounds like reparative therapy is pretty far down on that list.”

Greg Abbott: “Well, if government does what it’s supposed to do, and then gets out of people’s way, everyone is a whole lot happier”

Wendy Davis

  • Wendy Davis fully backed gay marriage during various editorial board interviews. She told the Houston Chronicle, “It’s my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation.”

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