Judge Garcia cancels Paxton’s contempt hearing

Posted on 02 Sep 2015 at 4:31pm
Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton (courtesy Collin County Sheriff’s offfice)

U.S. district Judge Orlando Garcia canceled Attorney General Ken Paxton’s contempt of court hearing, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Paxton was scheduled to appear in the San Antonio court on Sept. 10 to show that he was implementing the Texas marriage equality ruling that was certified by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its marriage-equality ruling. Garcia authored the Texas ruling.

The contempt charge was prompted by a motion in the Texas marriage case when Paxton refused to update a death certificate to reflect an out-of-state marriage. In addition to correcting the death certificate, Garcia ordered the Bureau of Vital Statistics to update all regulations equalizing treatment for all married couples — most notably on birth certificates.

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