On Monday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal to reverse the ruling that found the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional made by a US District Court back in February.
In his brief, which feebly tried to defend the ban, Attorney General Abbott made the claim that (emphasis my own) “[because] same-sex relationships do not naturally produce children, recognizing same-sex marriage does not further these goals to the same extent that recognizing opposite-sex marriage does.”
This hits home hard for me. Not just as a candidate for office that proudly supports marriage equality, but as a Texan, a member of the LGBTQ community, and a future husband.
For the past 3 years, I have been engaged to a wonderful woman. Her name is Shayrah Akers. She is the love of my life. Her 11-year-old daughter, Kylie, is an amazing little girl I consider and raise as my own.
Shayrah and I are unfortunately unable to have children of our own.
In light of these circumstances, I have a question for you, Attorney General Greg Abbott: If my fiancee and I were to go down to the Denton County courthouse right now and get our marriage license, would you try to stop us?