A Texas candidate for attorney general says a clause in the state's gay marriage ban forbids all marriages, the Star-Telegram reported.

Houston attorney Barbara Ann Radnofsky says the gay marriage amendment bans all marriages in the Lone Star state.

“You do not have to have a fancy law degree to read this and understand what it plainly says,” Radnosfsky told the paper referring to Subsection B, which says: “This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.” The amendment defines marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.”

The amendment was approved by the Texas Legislature before being put up for a vote in 2005. Voters overwhelmingly approved the measure.

Radnosfsky, a Democrat, says the wording of Subsection B effectively “eliminates marriage in Texas,” including common-law marriages and blames the state's current attorney general, Republican Greg Abbott, for approving the language of the amendment.

Jerry Strickland, a spokesman for Abbott, however, discounted her claims, saying, “The Texas Constitution and the marriage statute are entirely constitutional.”

“This breeds unneeded arguments, lawsuits and expense which could have been avoided by good lawyering,” Radnofsky added. “Yes, I believe the clear language of B bans all marriages, and this is indeed a huge mistake.”