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Texans Will Have to Wait for Gay Marriage
Posted on Feb 26, 2014
Federal Judge Orlando L. Garcia threw out Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, writing, “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.” But gay Texans will have to remain patient for now.
Garcia issued a stay pending appeal, meaning the legal process must play out before citizens of the Lone Star State are free to marry.
A plaintiff in the case, Nicole Dimetman, was prevented from adopting her wife’s son because the couple was wed in Massachusetts and Texas refused to recognize the marriage.
Although the ruling will undoubtedly face appeal, there have been a wave of pro-gay-marriage decisions in courts across the country since the Supreme Court ended California’s ban on same-sex unions.
The logic is usually the same: There is not reasonable purpose to prevent loving couples from seeking formal recognition of their commitment to one another. It is naked discrimination.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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