Gov. Abbott reaffirms support for Texas gay marriage ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is reaffirming his support of the state's ban on gay marriage after a lesbian couple wed in Austin.

Abbott on Thursday didn't specifically address two women who received a marriage license in Travis County after receiving a one-time court order for medical reasons. In a brief statement, Abbott instead reiterated that Texas law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the Texas Supreme Court to invalidate the order that allowed the couple to marry.

Abbott said he is committed to ensuring "the rule of law" is upheld. During his campaign for governor, Abbott made clear he opposes gay marriage while remarking that there are "well-meaning people" on both sides.

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