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Texas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    A Federal Judge in Texas has ruled that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that he will allow the state to keep the ban in place pending a ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that has already heard two separate cases, but does not have jurisdiction over Texas. He will also allow Texas to appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, but he left no doubt where he stands on the issue.

    "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."

    Garcia also stated that “the lower courts must apply the supreme court’s decision in Windsor and decide whether a state can do what the federal government cannot – discriminate against same-sex couples.

    Not surprisingly, Texas has vowed to appeal.

    I applaud this decision and look forward to these discriminatory laws being struck down throughout this great nation. It is high time to guarantee equal marriage rights to all of our citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation.

    What does this ruling mean today? If Texas goes "gay" is only inevitable before the rest of the country follows suit? Or will this have to be settled by the Supreme Court before these deeply southern states come around to the fact that they are on the wrong side of history?
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    They will fight it to the end!
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    I hoping for Texas to turn "Blue". Minorities stand up to the Texas Barons, applause please! Texas is changing in a few areas. They have a Canadian for a Senator (Cruz), they have a new Texas Ranger as a woman ("Killer Women"...ok it's TV), and Hispanic, Asian and Black population is increasing. It's time for Blue in Texas. I can see it happening maybe 2014 and for sure 2016.


  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I'd love to see Texas change and move forward. However I don't expect it. Too many self-righteous haters. I hate to generalize but I believe much of the south will be slow to see the light. Let's hope for good things though.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Piqua, OH
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    Galatians 3:28 says," There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. I think souls are sexless and therefore , one soul has a right to live in marriage with another soul.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Mike Eproht Wrote: Galatians 3:28 says," There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. I think souls are sexless and therefore , one soul has a right to live in marriage with another soul.
    I doubt if anything up there cares one way or another (Jesus was gay too; unless you can prove otherwise); neither should the government; as long as they do not shoot, rob or knife you, or have sex on your porch, it should be alright.