This week read about a gay man donating one of his kidneys for his husband in Colorado, and State Rep. James White claiming that same-sex marriage is still illegal in Texas.
‘Perfect Match’ Denver Man Gives Up Kidney for His Husband
Reid Alexander was diagnosed at 17 with Alport syndrome, a genetic condition that scars the kidneys and can eventually cause them to fail. In 2020, after graduating from university, he moved to Denver, Colorado.
The next week, he met Rafael Díaz on a dating app, NBC reported. They met in person last August and both said there was an immediate spark.
Alexander discussed his condition early on in the relationship and Díaz immediately offered to be tested as a potential donor. Alexander was hesitant since they had recently started dating.
In April, the couple was married at a local courthouse. Alexander’s condition worsened and Díaz insisted on getting tested despite his husband’s insistence that he not.
“He really didn’t want me to do it!” Díaz said. “He was like, ‘No, no, you don’t have to.’ But I got tested anyway, and the doctors said we were a perfect match.”
Almost exactly one year after their first date, Díaz’s kidney was implanted in Alexander. The surgeries went smoothly.
“To know that someone is doing this incredible thing for you, and it’s someone you love, is really an amazing feeling,” Alexander said.
Texas Representative Says Gay Marriage is Still Illegal
Texas State Rep. James White. Photo via Facebook.
On Oct. 19, Texas State Rep. James White sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seeking clarification on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which made marriage equality U.S. law, and how it impacts pre-existing Texas law.
The letter was shared on Twitter. In it, White argues that Texas’ laws should trump the SCOTUS decision.
“The State of Texas has not amended or repealed its marriage laws in response to Obergefell v. Hodges,” White wrote. “The Supreme Court has no power to amend formally or revoke a state statute or constitutional provision.”
Lauren McGaughy, a Dallas Morning News reporter, noted on Twitter that Texas also never repealed a statute that classifies “homosexual misconduct” as a misdemeanor.
White wrote in his letter that Texas still classifies marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
State Rep. Julie Johnson, a Democrat and married to a woman, also responded to the situation on Twitter. She wrote, “Now, [Texas Legislature] Republic colleagues don't think the love my wife and I have is good enough to make a lifetime commitment to each other.”