Texas same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 01:22
Feb. 26 - A federal judge rules a Texas ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but Governor Perry says Texans voted otherwise. Gavino Garay reports.
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A partial victory for gay rights advocates.
This time, in Texas.
The lone-star state's ban on same-sex marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia.
That assessment however doesn't mean the ban is going away. Garcia also declared a 'stay' on the decision -- which keeps the ban in effect.
The two couples who fought the state's ban on gay marriage cheered the decision on as an encouraging sign.
(SOUNDBITE) PLAINTIFF VIC HOLMES SAYING:
"The biggest thing I think we would want to say is, 'Woohoo! We did it!' It may be the first step, but it's an awesome first step."
(SOUNDBITE) PLAINTIFF MARK PHARISS SAYING:
"No kid should ever ever, like I did, go to bed, at night, knowing they're gay, and praying they won't wake up."
(SOUNDBITE) PLAINTIFF NICOLE DIMETMAN SAYING:
"We certainly didn't imagine, that we could one day be married, and one day enjoy that marriage in our home-state of Texas."
Governor Rick Perry made a statement on the ruling, saying "Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman."
In 2005, Texas voted overwhelmingly to approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
In all, gay marriage is recognized in 17 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia.
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