- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the state’s highest civil court to swiftly halt an order that allowed an Austin same-sex couple to marry.

Paxton on Thursday requested that the Texas Supreme Court act on his emergency motion “within the hour.”

The filing came mere hours after Travis County officials married two women who received a one-time court order from a state district judge. County officials say one of the women has “severe and immediate health concerns.”

Texas voters approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2005. A challenge to the law is currently before a New Orleans federal appeals court.

Paxton said the appeals court has recognized that “race to the courthouse” serves the interests of no one while the case remains under review.

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