AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday on a contentious question of the state’s marriage license.
The justices will hear arguments on the issue of Texas’ marriage license laws.
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The justices will decide whether the state can continue to restrict access to marriage licenses and other services that many couples use to form and establish family relationships.
The question, which was raised in 2012, has stirred controversy in the Lone Star State.
Supporters of same-sex marriage have argued that Texas is the only state that permits same-gender couples to wed.
The case is being heard by the court’s conservative justices, who will hear oral argument Monday on whether Texas’ laws violate the Constitution’s equal protection clause.
In a 4-3 vote in 2014, the court ruled in favor of gay marriage.
But the high court ruled the state cannot prohibit same- gender couples from marrying.
In 2016, the justices overturned the decision and ordered the state to change its laws.
In the court ruling, they said Texas’ ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
The Supreme Court said the Texas ban on same- sex marriage violates a federal law passed in 1993.
It said the law does not apply to people who are married in another state or to children of married couples.