Texas Judicial Branch

Supreme Court Issues Stay Order to Halt Same-Sex Marriage Rulings 


The Texas Supreme Court has granted a stay of two trial court rulings that Texas' constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages violates constitutional protections to equal protection and due process of law. Motions to stay orders by two Travis County judges, one in a probate case and the other a temporary-restraining order granting a same-sex couple a marriage license, were sought by the Texas Attorney General's Office.

In the probate case the attorney general also sought an order reversing the probate judge's decision in a case to determine a will contest. That petition for a mandamus writ remains pending.