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Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Gay Marriage Ban as Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled against Texas’ gay marriage ban, declaring it to be unconstitutional. The ruling was the result of lawsuits from two gay couples who wanted to be legally recognized as married in their home state.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled today [PDF] that any state laws regarding marriage “must comply with the United States Constitution,” and concluded that prohibiting gay marriage “conflicts with the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.”

Garcia also says laws denying gay couples their right to marry “demean their dignity for no legitimate reason.”

Although Garcia voided the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, he stayed his ruling from taking effect until it can be reviewed on appeal.

Full decision below:

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