Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis backs gay marriage

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Democrat Wendy Davis of Texas.

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports gay marriage.

The likely Democratic nominee called on her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman.

The state senator from Fort Worth told the San Antonio Express-News editorial board this week that two people who want to get married should be allowed to do so regardless of their sexual orientation.

A federal judge in San Antonio heard arguments on Feb. 12 that the voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.