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.”