TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton Ordered To Appear In Court Over Marriage Recognition

The San Antonio Express-News reports:

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia has ordered Texas officials to appear in court next week to determine if the state should be held in contempt for failing to recognize same-sex marriage. Garcia issued the order Wednesday in response to a request from a Conroe police officer who says the Texas Department of Health and Human Services refused to amend his spouse’s death certificate to reflect he was married. The death certificate lists him as single. Garcia instructed the state on Wednesday to immediately amend the death certificate of James Stone-Hoskins to add John Allen Stone-Hoskins as the surviving spouse. John Stone-Hoskins, a former police officer who lives in Conroe and is dying from cancer, asked Garcia to hold the department and the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in contempt. Garcia ordered Paxton to appear before this Court next Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Paxton was arrested and booked on multiple felony securities fraud charges on Monday.

  • BudClark

    YEE HAW! It’s about time somebody rode Paxton hard and put him away wet.

    • Todd20036

      Thanks for the lovely image. I’ll be sure to thoroughly enjoy it in my nightmares for the next week

      • BudClark

        Tee hee! Sorry about that (but not really)!

    • Octavio

      Yeah. He be all lathered up and shakin’ πŸ™‚

  • Strepsi
  • bkmn

    String him up and make him personally pay a large fine. He is a lawyer and AG and has no excuse for his behavior.

  • BoringLawyer

    An attorney general ordered to appear under threat of contempt charges? Don’t hear that every day.

    • BearEyes

      kind of refreshing actually.

    • Gustav2

      In most states that is not a good thing

    • Rob NYNY

      As an attorney, he is an officer of the court like any other. Accountability of states attorneys to a court is rare (even in the most egregious examples of prosecutorial misconduct), but it entirely legitimate.

    • another_steve

      This is the state’s top law enforcement official.

      I think we need to build a huge huge ark and get all decent Texans out of there, asap.

      • fuow

        It shouldn’t need to be too big, all things considered.

      • Necessitas

        A VW microbus should do.

    • Randy Left Brooklyn

      You might if you lived in Texas. It looks like it is turning into a daily habit there.

    • People4Humanity


  • FloBear

    Oooh, this looks like fun! Methinks Garcia is pissed.

    • BearEyes

      let’s hope so. Shenanigans like Paxton’s should not be tolerated.

  • BudClark

    Shouldn’t he be disbarred and removed from office for EITHER charge???

    • MattM

      LOL You realize this is Texas, right?

      • Gyeo

        I hope one day Austin overtakes the test of Texas.

        • Sporkfighter

          Austin isn’t liberal . . . it’s just liberal compared to the rest of Texas.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Yeah I like to know what kind of sentencing he will face if found guilty. I doubt he will get jail time. Fine maybe. Hopefully he will be force to resign and relegate to ambulance chasing.

      • Nic Peterson

        He will get a job on Wall Street. Natch.

      • Chris O’Guinn

        Bambino!!! Or at least I assume this is the same bambino from AfterElton/TBL. Good to see you over here.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Hahahaha. Yes it’s me! Great to see you here Chris. There are a few of us from AE.

    • another_steve

      “Shouldn’t he be disbarred and removed from office for EITHER charge???”

      You’d think.

      What the fuck is goin’ on in Texas?

      Is it in the water?

      • Mark

        Worse. The air.

    • JT
  • Hal Watts

    This Paxton guy is a piece of work….he’d best get used to the color ORANGE really quickly.

  • LovesIrony

    I put a curse on your sorry ass. The fun is just starting you bigoted piece of shit. I dance to your downfall with glee.

    • BudClark

      Grandfader make you junk shrivel an’ fall off!

  • JT

    It’s about FUCKING time!

  • BearEyes

    if the state should be held in contempt for failing to recognize same-sex marriage.

    If?? As if there’s a question what the State did.

  • Octavio

    Do they get to book him again on this charge, too. One cannot have too many mug shots. πŸ™‚

    • Chucktech

      There should be a whole coffee table book full of Texas government assholes and their mugshots. Be sure to include Rick Perry’s strapping good lookin’ submission!

      • SockMikey

        I want *this* to be on one of the coffee table book pages!

        I like how they put in the top left corner, “It’s Rick with a “P” – Just call me “Prick” with a picture of him doing a thumbs up. πŸ™‚

      • Octavio

        We’ll be sure to include several dick shots of Perry, just to answer once and for all how much hat he has compared to no cattle. πŸ™‚

      • Circ09

        There are surprisingly few given the level of corruption. Seems like only Illinois and NY are willing to send their pols to the pokey.

        • Chicago joe

          Here in Illinois its Statehouse, Governors Mansion, Big House. In that order. We tend to send our governors to prison, not our AGs. Perhaps we’re missing an opportunity

      • JulieBL

        This Texas girl would display one PROUDLY!

    • SockMikey

      Well isn’t he special? —-> 8/3/15

      AUSTIN – Ken Paxton was allowed to skip swaddling his shoulders in a white towel for his mugshot to ensure he was guaranteed a fair trial, a local judge decided Monday.

      Everyone booked into the Collin County jail for far more than a decade has had to wear a white towel around his or her shoulders to ensure that everyone is on an even playing field when identifying a potential suspect.

      But not Paxton. The first-term attorney general, indicted Monday for felony securities fraud, was allowed to forgo the towel.


      Why exactly did everyone else for over a decade have to do this and he didn’t?

      Him all suited up in a mugshot is not “everyone on an even playing field”.

      • Chucktech

        Gag me…

        Hey, putting the fix in is a multi-step process. Gotta start somewhere…

        • noni

          He’s already hand picked his jury.

      • This is the sort of thing that should be easy for some talented JMGer to remedy with the photoshops. Just sayin’….

      • Octavio

        Republican Texans are special snowflakes, each and every one. There’s no other explanation. :-/

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “You’re not helping.”

        — Paxton’s attorney.

      • Necessitas

        Now they have to re-try all those people who had to wear the white towel, since they couldn’t have had fair trials because of it.

      • lymis

        If everyone else has to do it, I agree it’s wrong for him not to have been treated the same.

        On the other hand, given the charges, I doubt anyone’s putting him in a lineup any time soon. It’s not like they’ll be bringing in victims to pick him out from a group of other potential perps.

    • Randy Left Brooklyn

      This guy may set the mug shot world record, at least for attorneys general.


    Can’t be a crook, can’t be a homophobe, What is the world coming to ?

    • Chucktech

      Makes him pine for the good ol’ days, I’m sure.

      • PLAINTOM

        When the good ol’ boys were above the law.

        • Chucktech

          Just like HE used to be…

  • Chucktech

    My, my, the (s)hits just keep on coming for this good christian pubic (sp?) servant…

    • Dale

      So clever you are (tee hee).

  • bambinoitaliano

    I’m sure he ate enough of those bigoted cakes to last a life time of jail sentence.

  • noni

    Special exemption for Paxton, not requiring him to wear a towel around his neck during his mugshot. All others have to wear towel in mugshot.

    Apparently he got a court order so he wouldn’t have to look like the rest of us would when photographed for a mugshot.

    Because he’s Republican and simply more special than others.


    • Chucktech

      If I may:

      Because he’s a giant, snorting Texas Republican christianist pig and simply more special than others.

      • noni

        Doesn’t Republican cover all those?


      I couldn’t catch the vehicle license plate in the video. Please, oh please, I hope he used his state car for personal business.

  • JT
    • bambinoitaliano

      I wish it’s Judge Judy he is facing. Lots of ass whopping for sure.

    • JulieBL


  • Jail the motherfucker!

  • SFBruce

    The San Antonio Express-News goes on to report Stone-Hoskins has cancer, and may only live another 45-60 days. Ohio didn’t get away with this with Jim Obergefell, and Texas won’t get away with this, if there is any justice.

    • StraightGrandmother

      All I can say is Texas better not appeal that ruling.

      • Reality.Bites

        They certainly will.

  • StuckNtexas

    Book ’em! Again!

  • Judas Peckerwood

    Sounds like they should just set up a cot for him at the courthouse.

  • Ronald Ibach

    It’s about freaking time that the Feds started holding these Texas talabangelical feet to the fire!

  • Lumpy Gaga

    At least they immediately ordered a certificate fix.

  • SunsetGay

    It’s only appropriate that AG Paxton testifies in an orange jumpsuit!

    • People4Humanity

      Pink would also work.
      Sheriff Arpaio may have a spare one to loan.

  • The motion and the order are here: http://on.fb.me/1IHWMnA

    • Gustav2

      Thanks for keeping us in the loop

    • JustSayin

      Can some one, a lawyer maybe, get an order or power of attorney so that if he succumbs to cancer we can make sure his death certificate shows he was married? I am unsure of how standing would apply without one.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Garcia is the judge who struck down the marriage ban, correct?

    This should be fun πŸ™‚

    • McSwagg

      You are correct.

  • Kissmagrits

    “Book ’em, Danno!”
    Love the smirk, Ken. Reminds me of Al Capone before he was wearing diapers and talking to people who weren’t there.

    Not sayin’ you have syphilis, Ken, but you’ve contracted something just as bad: Christianist arrogance.

  • Bill

    Not for nothing, but Judge Orlando Garcia is the same judge that struck down the gay marriage ban in Texas.

    • It’s not a coincidence. The procedure that led to this order was John filing an emergency motion to intervene in the Texas case (DeLeon v. Abbott). Judge Garcia acted immediately. That is, this is, technically, the same case.

      • lattebud

        Essentially, “Not follow my decision and a SOTUS decision? Get your pompous ass in front of me and explain yourself. I am not pleased, impressed, or wanting to remind you my decision didn’t say ‘unless this violates your religious liberties'”

    • BudClark

      And he’s HISPANIC.

      THAT’S got to SMART

      (for the bigots).

  • Ed Burrow

    Religious Freedom this, bitch!

  • Mike in Texas

    I hope Judge Garcia nails him.

    • LonelyLiberal

      Not literally, of course, because I’m sure Judge Garcia deserves much better.

      • Mike in Texas

        Opportunities for wonderfully wicked comments are never overlooked by the JMG gang.

        • JulieBL


        • LonelyLiberal

          Damn straight. Er, gay.

    • lattebud

      He is already throwing himself on the cross as a good man who is being persecuted.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    I hope Judge Garcia smacks that smarmy smirk right off his ugly mugshot.
    Hold the bigoted skunkpigscrotalsack in contempt and toss him in a cell till he gets a clue

    • People4Humanity

      “… till he gets a clue …”
      That could be an extended stay.

    • Steven Leahy

      LOL thanks for the new addition to my vocabulary!

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        I challenged myself to say it just one time fast. I lost.

    • Bryan


  • billbear1961

    Texas is obviously breaking the LAW and persecuting a dying man. There is no end to the EVIL of these insanely vindictive haters!

    Hold the state in CONTEMPT!

    • Macbill

      They do it because they think they’ll get away with it. Sue them – make them pay. A Christianist Taliban holds money higher than his god…

      • billbear1961

        Money IS their god–greed for power and gain is at the bottom of everything they do.

        Sue them in their capacity as officials and as individuals for violating John’s civil rights.

        They’ve done this with malice aforethought, i.e. with no legal justification whatsoever but with nothing in mind but the intent to INJURE.

        John should win huge damages.

      • Stev84

        It’s not their own money on the line though, so they still don’t really care.

        • billbear1961

          Can’t they also be sued as individuals for violating someone’s civil rights?

          I’ve heard over and over again that they can!

          Isn’t this true?

          Jesus, hold these petty little gangsters accountable, and this BS will stop!

          • D. J.

            That varies from state to state. Unfortunately.

          • billbear1961

            And I’ll just bet you can’t in fucking Texas!

            Fascist hellhole!

  • Ninja0980

    Stuff like this is why I’m tired of being told we need to be “respectful” of people who are opposed to our rights.
    A man who is dying and has already lost his spouse has to spend his final months fighting for the right to have the love of his life acknowledged.
    That is downright cruel and the idea we need to tolerate crap like that, fuck no.
    This is bigotry, pure and simple.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Unfortunately for many human to be compassionate is when they face natural disaster or tragedy head on. People like him has it too good in life to give a damn about anyone else. If there is any consolation he will eventually get his comeuppance. Maybe not what we deem deserving but he will get his due.

      • David L. Caster

        In my view, and at this point, that comeuppance should be years in the penitentiary.

        • canoebum

          The charges are Federal, but purely out of a regard for justice, he should be incarcerated in Huntsville.

    • JT
    • Bud Evans

      The un-retouched mugshot they didn’t show on the news…

  • Mark

    Orange is the new attorney general…..

  • Bj Lincoln

    Great! When are the A holes in AL going to get called in for contempt?!

  • lymis

    Well, God knows I hold him in contempt whether he shows up or not!

  • Sk3ptic

    I’m just so happy for Mr. Bill on this Occasion of His Second Round of Unrelated Legal Trouble in just three days!
    He is such an inspiration for the masses!

  • ScottChicago

    Typical unChristian Christian. Jesus save us from those who claim to be your followers


    Karma’s a bitch

    • lymis

      But you gotta admit, sometimes the puppies are cute.

  • Ron Robertson

    At this point, Paxton needs to be disbarred. Otherwise the law has no meaning of officials who dispense the law do not have to follow it.

    • lymis

      What part of “Texas” wasn’t clear in this context?

  • JustSayin

    Please find him in contempt….another nail in his coffin and nom’s

  • kaydenpat

    Didn’t hear about Paxton’s arrest. Glad he’s being hauled into court. He’s a disgrace.

    • RoFaWh

      This points up the complete lack of morals, ethics, empathy, caring etc on the part of the GOP. He’s in disgrace, but do they say anything about it? No, they laugh, joke, and make excuses.




      • Octavio

        . . . and don’t forget criminals. πŸ™‚

        • CowboyUp!


          What ya doing?

          – Snowflake

          • People4Humanity

            You sly devil!

          • Octavio

            Maggie impersonating Perry. Yup. That’s going to haunt my dreams. (shudder)

  • D. J.

    The article did indicate multiple officials. How many and which officials will be appearing for Judge Garcia’s law class?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      In addition to the sleazeball AG, Kirk Cole has also been ordered to appear next Wednesday at 10AM before the good judge Garcia. Cole is the interim Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, which repeatedly denied the certificate request. Specifically, Paxton is accused of coordinating with Cole to block the amended certificate in direct obstruction of the judge’s prior order.

      • People4Humanity

        They need to find a RICO statute on which to prosecute these two.

  • Necessitas

    OT: Nebraska judge strikes down policies impeding gay couples’ ability to be foster parents

    A judge ruled Wednesday that same-sex couples should be allowed to serve as foster parents in Nebraska without undergoing an extra layer of scrutiny not required of other couples.

    Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn, in an 11-page ruling, struck down as discriminatory a directive by the State Department of Health and Human Services that allowed same-sex couples to become foster parents but required a director’s approval.

    Colborn also ordered the department to rescind a 1995 policy that had barred same-sex couples and unrelated, unmarried couples who lived together from becoming foster parents.

  • NZArtist

    I wonder what mandatory drug-testing of public officials would reveal.

    • lymis

      I’d go for mandatory IRS audits first.

  • John Ruff

    Contemptuous, scum bag, low life, piece of garbage, needs to be in jail, now!

  • The Professor

    Hang this miserable POS out to dry.

  • sword

    So…The Federal Judge is ordering the Texas AG to issue an amended death certificate from his own jail cell? Only in Texas!

  • William

    I don’t know if Paxton can legally represent the state, him being under indictment and all.

    • Octavio

      That Rick Perry boy, ain’t he under indictment, too? Hells bells! Seems the whole damn State’s in a heap o’ trouble. πŸ™‚

      • William

        Texas needs to follow Louisiana’s example and put elected officials in prison.

        • Octavio

          Yes. I agree. In prison elected officials could govern more effectively. πŸ™‚

  • TampaDink

    When will Obama’s task forces complete their Jade Helm exercises & begin rounding up these assholes & putting them into FEMA camps?

  • noni
  • BudClark

    Texas is fond of peremptory executions.

    HANG the father-fcuker.

    Oh, that’s right.

    He’s white.

    Never mind.

  • TexPlant

    You can’t be a successful politician in Texas without breaking a few dozen laws