Greg Abbott Speaks in Midland – Responds to Gay Marriage Appeal 02/27/14
February 27, 2014
Midland - A ruling made by the San Antonio Federal Judge has same sex couples feeling a sense of hope when it comes to equality. But the fight isn't over, many are saying this is just one small step to changing the law permanently. Just one day after the ruling, Attorney General Greg Abbott made a stop in Midland for his campaign.
"It's good to be back in a county that gives 80 percent of your vote to the Republican Party," proclaimed Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Abbott met fans with open arms in Midland to rally votes to become the next Governor of Texas. However after San Antonio’s Federal Judge Orlando Garcia ruled the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, we asked Abbott what he thought of the appeal.
"This is an issue where you have people of good meaning on both sides of it. But as a court maker, this is an issue that will ultimately be decided by a higher court and it has been appealed now to the fifth court of appeals and I think the case will go all the way to the Supreme Court," said Abbott.
And for those pushing for a change here in the Permian Basin, the decision was surprising. "I was stunned honestly, it wasn't anything that I had expected. The good thing that has happened in the last few years is that there are more strives forward than going back and few people are getting a good hit in. It's very encouraging to see this kind of thing happen," said president of the Odessa Chapter of PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Paula Waldrop.
Waldrop goes on to say the appeal is a step in the right direction, but knows the fight isn't over. "This isn't the end, it won't be the end for quite a while, but at least it's a start."
The case will now go the fifth circuit court of appeals in New Orleans where that court will hear the San Antonio case later this year.