Federal Judge Orlando Garcia in the deeply-conservative state of Texas has ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional, arguing the ban as no “legitimate governmental purpose” and demeans their dignity. Judge Garcia has stayed his decision until it makes its way through the lengthy and expensive appeals process.
“Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution,” Garcia wrote in his decision. “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.”
Texas is the latest in a growing list of states that have finally decided to embrace true freedom and remove arbitrary and nonsensical bans on certain marriages. Judges in Utah, Virginia and Oklahoma have ruled similarly, all decisions that await legal appeals. The Supreme Court will likely be the deciding factor.
Read more from the Houston Chronical: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Texas-ban-on-gay-marriage-ruled-unconstitutional-5270241.php