Texas Judge Recognizes Same-Sex Common Law Marriage
A Texas probate judge recognized a common law marriage between two women this week, granting that the women were in fact legal spouses and defying objections from the state attorney general in the process. The ruling is a historic first for the Lone Star State.
On Tuesday, Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman approved an agreement between Sonemaly Phrasavath and the family of her late partner, Stella Powell, who died of colon cancer in 2014, to split Powell's assets. The ruling simultaneously recognized the couple's common law marriage, the Houston Chronicle first reported.
Brian Thompson, attorney for Phrasavath, told The Huffington Post that his client can finally move on with her life with this critical ruling....