Along with other same-sex couples, Phariss and Holmes sued the state after being denied a wedding license on their anniversary last August.
Phariss said the last time he and Abbott spoke was in Austin around 2004, shortly after Abbott became attorney general. He said Abbott won't get his vote for governor this fall because of his politics, but neither will Democrat Wendy Davis, Phariss said, because he doesn't like the idea of voting against his friend.
Phariss compared his continued embrace of Abbott to family members, including his twin sister, who don't support him but whom he still loves.
When Phariss and Holmes began putting a portrait of themselves on Christmas cards, Phariss said he's made note of which friends and family send a card back the following year — and which don't.
"I secretly grinned," he said. "I said, 'Good. Not a problem.'"
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