A Texas appeals court on Friday ruled that state Attorney General Greg Abbott cannot block the divorce of a lesbian couple, the AP reported.

Sabina Daly of San Antonio and Angelique Naylor of Austin were married in Massachusetts in 2004. The couple later moved to Texas, where they built a home restoration and renovation business and adopted their son.

Last February, Abbott attempted to intervene in the women's divorce the day after County District Judge Scott Jenkins ruled in their favor. Jenkins said that while both parties had yet to sign off on the final decree, oral judgments are final in Travis County family court and therefore the state could not intervene in the case.

Abbott appealed the decision, saying that “Texas can't have a faulty precedent on the books that validates an illegal law.” In other statements, Abbott said he feared the divorce, along with a second case, would open the door to gay marriage in Texas.

A three-judge panel of the Third Texas Court of Appeals in Austin ruled that the state could not appeal the case because it did not have legal standing.

Texas, however, has already ruled that the state cannot dissolve the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples. An appeals court in August ruled that two men – known only as J.B. and H.B. – who married in Massachusetts cannot get a divorce in Texas.

The court ruled against the state because Abbott waited too long, Ken Upton, a staff attorney for Lambda Legal, told the AP.