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Texas GOP candidate opposes easier equal pay suits

Wednesday - 3/19/2014, 7:58pm  ET

FILE - In this March 4, 2014, file photo, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott talks to supporters during his victory party in San Antonio, after he won the Republican nomination for Texas governor. Abbott would not sign a measure to make it easier for women to bring pay discrimination lawsuits in state court if he were governor, a spokesman said Wednesday, March 19, 2014, hoping to get past an issue that has dogged the campaign for weeks. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

CHRIS TOMLINSON
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A campaign spokesman says Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott would veto a measure to make it easier for women to bring pay discrimination lawsuits in state court.

It is an issue that dogged Abbott, the state's current attorney general, who had previously refused to take a position on the issue.

Abbott's spokesman Matt Hirsch says discrimination against women over wages is already against the law, so the candidate would not support additional measures.

Hirsch earlier stopped short of saying Abbott would have vetoed the act but later clarified that he would. Current Gov. Rick Perry did that last year when Abbott's Democratic rival in the governor's race, Fort Worth state Sen. Wendy Davis, shepherded a state version through the Republican-controlled Legislature.


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