Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
2/26/14 12:32 PST
And another 1 bites the dust hey hey another 1 bites the dust!
Eric Gay, AP
Mark Phariss, left, clutches the hand of partner Victor Holmes, right, as they talk to the media outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Antonio.
A federal judge, saying he was complying with the U.S. Constitution and not trying to defy the people of Texas, struck down Texas’ ban on gay marriage, but left it in place Wednesday pending a ruling by an appeals court later this year.
Judge Orlando Garcia issued his ruling in Austin in response to a challenge by two gay couples of the state’s 2005 constitutional amendment, which had been approved by 76 percent of voters, and a 2003 law banning gay marriage.
Garcia’s decision, however, rejected the argument by the office of Texas Attorney General said each state has the right to define marriage as best fits the traditions of its citizens. Texas also argued that traditional marraige best supports the state’s interest in the area of procreation and child rearing.
“Today’s Court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the United States Constitution and Supreme Court precedent,” Garcia wrote. “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.”
Under federal court rules, a judge may suspend a law if he or she believes the plaintiffs have a strong case and will suffer if the law is enforced.
Lawsuits are pending in some 20 states that ban gay marriage.
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages.
I hope we can agree or agree not to agree any to case let’s keep it all civil