As a panel of federal judges considered throwing out the Texas gay marriage ban on Friday, state Attorney General Ken Paxton stomped his feet and made sure everyone knew his position – marriage is for one man and one woman only.
Really, it's no surprise. But in case anyone wondered if Paxton's position on gay marriage had changed since he was sworn Jan. 5 as the state's top legal advocate, it hasn't. Paxton (photo) issued this statement on Friday:
In 2005, Texans overwhelmingly supported a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. I am committed to defending the Texas Constitution, the will of our citizens and this sacred institution.”
Paxton's statement came as a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in lawsuits seeking to overturn gay marriage bans in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The judges seemed poised to throw out the bans. Paxton made it clear he remains comfortable clinging to the wrong side of history. Louisiana Attorney General James Caldwell is right there with him.