Does Texas Law Now Prohibit ALL Marriages?

This is what happens when hysteria kicks in!

Posted on Sexual Orientation and the Law Blog:

Has Texas outlawed all marriages?

This is apparently what you get when you combine sloppy lawyering with the political machinations of homophobes Politics Daily reports that “[i]n approving an amendment to its constitution prohibiting gay marriage four years ago, Texas may have inadvertently outlawed all marriages in the state,” and that the problem has become an issue in the state’s race for attorney general.

The problem is that in 2005, voters added the following language to the state’s constitution: “This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.” Politics Daily continues:

Linguist Mark Lieberman, writing on the Language Log four years ago, opined that from a linguistic standpoint the law did indeed seem to outlaw all marriages, noting that “whatever marriage may be, it surely is ‘a legal status identical or similar to’ itself.”

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