AUSTIN, Texas (August 31, 2010):
Statement from Dennis Coleman, Executive Director, Equality Texas on today’s ruling In the Matter of the Marriage of J.B. and H.B.:
The Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled today that Texas district courts do not have subject-matter jurisdiction to hear a same-sex divorce case. In its ruling, the Appeals Court has taken the most extreme, the most conservative view possible on each issue before it. It’s not as if they wanted to just overturn the trial court’s decision, they wanted to smash it into the ground and discourage anyone from ever filing a pro-LGBT suit ever again.
The ruling harkens back to a view of the world from generations past – a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people were content to live in closets, and were afraid to demand to be treated with dignity and respect. A dignity and respect that this court goes out of its way to completely deny.
In going so far to overturn the trial court’s decision, with such an extreme opinion, the appellate court has lowered the bar for any effort to overturn its ruling.
The Court’s view of marriage is historically inaccurate. Marriage existed in many forms, for many reasons, for many thousands of years.
The Dallas Voice has published a link to the full opinion at: http://www.dallasvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Gay.Divorce.pdf