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A lawyer for a Dallas man trying to divorce the man he married in Massachusetts told a Texas appeals court Wednesday that his client is entitled to a divorce because he had a valid marriage.
But the Texas Attorney General’s Office argued before the three-judge panel that the marriage isn’t recognized by Texas, so they cannot get a divorce. Jimmy Blacklock, an assistant Texas solicitor general, said the men’s union can only be voided.
“The parties lack standing to file a divorce case because they’re not married,” he said.
The Dallas men wed in 2006 in Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal, and separated two years later.
Jody Scheske, who represents the man listed in court records only as J.B., said his client doesn’t want to overturn the state’s marriage ban, but only wants to end his own marriage.
“He is not seeking to enter into a same-sex marriage; he’s seeking to end a marriage that was valid,” Scheske said.
Attorney General Greg Abbott appealed a Dallas state district judge’s ruling in October that granted a divorce to the men and said the state’s same-sex marriage ban violates equal rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Blacklock said the state’s ban on gay marriage doesn’t violate the Constitution.
Abbott is also appealing an Austin judge’s ruling this spring that granted a divorce to two women married in Massachusetts.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.