Abbott Challenges Gay Marriage, Tackles Nugent Issue

By Julie Fine
|  Friday, Feb 28, 2014  |  Updated 11:44 AM CDT
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Attorney General Greg Abbott campaigned for governor in in Fort Worth Thursday, telling supporters he's challenging the ruling on gay marriage in Texas and responding to questions about rocker Ted Nugent appearing with him on the campaign trail.

Julie Fine, NBC 5 News

Attorney General Greg Abbott campaigned for governor in in Fort Worth Thursday, telling supporters he's challenging the ruling on gay marriage in Texas and responding to questions about rocker Ted Nugent appearing with him on the campaign trail.

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Five days before the primary, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made another stop in North Texas for his gubernatorial campaign. Thursday he was in the backyard of his likely opponent, Wendy Davis.

"It is great to be back in Fort Worth, Texas," said Abbott.

After shaking hands and taking pictures, Abbott told supporters he will appeal a federal judge's decision to lift the state's ban on gay marriage.

"It is clear that this is an issue where there are good people, well-meaning people on both sides of the issue. It is clear the lower courts ruling will not be the final ruling," said Abbott.

The notice of appeal filed Thursday contains no argument but formally signals that Abbott intends to challenge the ruling by San Antonio-based Judge Orlando Garcia. Abbott said he expects the appeal will be within the year.

Abbott has been under fire, from democrats and State Sen. Wendy Davis, about his campaign appearance with controversial rock musician Ted Nugent earlier this month.

Davis said last week that campaigning with Nugent was a window into Abbott's character. Thursday, her campaign released a video of a rape victim also critical of Abbott campaigning with Nugent.

Recently Nugent apologized for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel."

"I think he was wrong to say it. I think he was right to apologize for it," said Abbott.

When asked, Abbott said they have no future plans to campaign with Nugent.

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