Two Couples File Lawsuit To Overturn Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban
The gauntlet has been thrown in Texas. Two same-sex couples have filed federal lawsuits suing for the right to marry in the state.
Arguments could be heard as early as January in a federal court in San Antonio in the case trying to nullify the 2005 amendment that says: "marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman."
San Antonio attorney Daniel McNeel Lane, the lead counsel for both couples, said current Texas law banning same-sex marriage runs counter to the U.S. Constitution and is a "badge of inferiority."
"Just as the judicial branch protected the fundamental right to marry and established that discriminatory laws could not prevent mixed-race couples from exercising that right, the courts again must step in to protect the marriage right," Lane told Reuters.
The suit was filed on behalf of Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, two women who live in Austin and were married in Massachusetts, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss, two men who were denied a marriage license when they applied last month in San Antonio.
The case is Cleopatra De Leon, Nicole Dimetman, Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss versus Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, Gerard Rickhoff and David Lakey (all in their official capacities), No. 5:13-CV-00982-OLG
What's the likelihood of Texas's same-sex marriage ban being overturned by the court, Instincters?