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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Newsflash: Marriage Illegal in Texas!(?)

So it (possibly) appears, according to this news report.  Of course this interpretation of the law won't stick.  But it does seem a fairly extreme example of sloppy drafting; even a quick glance at the offending provision (quoted in the article) reveals an easy fix.  (Note: I have not looked at the full piece of legislation, so maybe the fix is already there, in some definitions or other section.)  Of course it is sometimes hard to draft language that expresses exactly what one wants to say.  But any student who has suffered through a poorly-written exam question will rightfully ask why people whose responsibility it is to draft clearly make such obvious mistakes.

Posted by Bill Araiza on November 25, 2009 at 03:43 PM | Permalink


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