Two couples file federal suit to overturn Texas same-sex marriage ban - The Washington Post
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By Reuters, Published: November 28
SAN ANTONIO — Two same-sex couples in Texas have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn that state’s eight-year-old constitutional amendment barring gay marriage, their attorney said.
Arguments could be heard as early as January in a federal court in San Antonio in the case trying to nullify the 2005 amendment, which says, “Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.”
San Antonio attorney Daniel McNeel Lane Jr., 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 said Wednesday.
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.
A year ago, only six states — Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut and Iowa — plus the District recognized same-sex marriage, but the number has since more than doubled.
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Welcome to the fight Texas, another state added to the list of places fighting for equal rights for gays!!!
This case and two others may bring texas in to the front of the line behind Ohio (Dec) and in front of Michigan(Feb 2014) and PA(June 2014) for next state to protect equal rights and end discrimination and or bigotry.
This is one case i missed, it so hard to keep up because the landscape is changing so fast thanks to the fall of DOMA, thanks again Wolfsgirl for letting me know.
http://www.debatepolitics.com/sex-an...g-soon-70.html (Discrimination is losing, Equality is winning, equal rights for gays is coming soon!)
Updates in red: 11/30/2013 V1.0
16 states and DC have equal rights:
Massachusetts - May 17, 2004
Connecticut - November 12, 2008
Iowa - April 27, 2009
Vermont - September 1, 2009
New Hampshire - January 1, 2010
Washing D.C. - March 9, 2010
FALL OF DADT Dec 18, 2010
New York - July 24, 2011
Washington - December 6, 2012
Maine - December 29, 2012
Maryland - January 1, 2013
Rhode Island - August 1, 2013
FALL OD DOMA - June 26, 2013
California - June 28, 2013
Delaware - July 1, 2013
Minnesota - August 1, 2013
New Jersey - October 21, 2013
Hawaii - December 2, 2013 effective
Illinois - June 1, 2014 effective
17 more are in various stages of fighting or establishing a fight for equal rights
New Mexico – is granting equal rights for now and the SSC is going to decided on this soon
Court Case(s) in the works to establish equal rights:
Michigan (Feb 2014 Trial)
Pennsylvania (June 14 Trial)
Texas (Jan 2014 Trial)
Court Case(s) and Legislation in the works, which ever wins first:
Ohio (December 2013 trial)
Legislation in the works:
thats 33 states that could have equal rights by 2015 and some much sooner!