Could Gay Marriage be Legal in Texas next?

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It just happened in Hawaii and Illinois now Lambda Legal is working hard to make it happen in Texas. In San Antonio two same-sex couples are asking a federal judge in to immediately block Texas from enforcing its bans on gay marriage.


Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes along with lesbian couple Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed last month seeking to overturn the marriage bans in Texas.


Gov. Rick Perry, Bexar County Clerk Gerard Rickhoff and David Lake, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services are listed as defendants in the injunction filed by the Plano and Austin couples.

“In Texas, Plaintiffs cannot legally marry their partner before family, friends, and society — a right enjoyed by citizens who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex,” reads the suit, filed in San Antonio by attorney Barry Chasnoff of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, according to the Express-News. “And should they become married in a state that has established marriage equality, Texas explicitly voids their marriage. There is no rational basis, much less a compelling government purpose, for Texas to deny plaintiffs the same right to marry enjoyed by the majority of society.”