In previous posts on this blog, we have discussed the controversial issue of same-sex marriage and divorce in the state of Texas. Unlike some states, Texas lawmakers and voters have worked hard to keep the definition of marriage in the state as a union between a man and a woman.
Many same-sex couples in the state have been disappointed by Texas family law decisions- but they are happy to hear about the recent vote in New York. Last week, New York decided to recognize same-sex marriage in the state. What does that mean to the Texas couples? New York, here they come.
According to a recent Houston Chronicle report, at least two same-sex couples in Texas intend to travel to New York to marry their partners. One of the couples actually already got married in Canada but was saddened to find out that the U.S. wouldn’t recognize that marriage.
Now, they are giving it a second try in New York, even though Texas still won’t recognize that marriage either, at least for now. The men still want to live together in Texas after their wedding because they have careers here to return to. The couple is reportedly optimistic that someday, Texas will recognize their marriage.
Other family law issues come with the expansion of marriage to same-sex couples. As we all know very well, marriage commonly ends in divorce. That is unlikely to change whether it’s a same-sex or heterosexual marriage.
If a same-sex couple is married in Texas, state law and precedent prohibits them from a standard divorce process. Important issues like property division, for example, would only be an option for them if they were married residents in a state that recognizes their marriage.
This family law topic is sure to remain a pressing issue among the American public and lawmakers. We will post updates related to the controversial and important subject as laws and conversations related to same-sex marriage continue.
Houston Chronicle: “Gay Houstonians will tie the knot for 2nd time,” Sarah Raslan, 27 Jun. 2011