Texas AG Faces Contempt Over Gay Man's Death Certificate

By Jess Krochtengel (August 5, 2015, 6:16 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Wednesday ordered the state attorney general to a contempt hearing over the refusal to issue a death certificate listing a deceased man's husband as his spouse, saying the state's top legal adviser may have violated an order meant to require Texas to recognize same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ordered Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Kirk Cole, the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, to appear at an Aug. 12 hearing to determine whether they should be held in contempt for disobedience of an order that followed the U.S. Supreme Court's...

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