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September 16, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Texas Ban on Gay Marriages is Unconstitutional

After two gay couples brought a challenge to Texas’ ban on gay marriage, a federal judge ruled that the long-standing ban was unconstitutional.

Washington Post: “U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia did not say gay marriages could be performed immediately. Instead, he stayed the decision, citing a likely appeal.”

Garcia: “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution … These Texas laws deny Plaintiffs access to the institution of marriage and its numerous rights, privileges, and responsibilities for the sole reason that Plaintiffs wish to be married to a person of the same sex.”

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