Holy fuck, y’all! A federal judge in San Antonio says that banning homogays from marrying each other in my beloved home state of TEXAS is unconstitutional. I knew we were next!
U.S. Judge Orlando Garcia granted the two same-sex couples who filed the lawsuit an injunction that strikes down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but stayed it from taking into effect — pending the outcome of any appeals to the conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Texas’ current marriage laws deny homosexual couples the right to marry, and in doing so, demean their dignity for no legitimate reason,” Judge Garcia said. ”Accordingly, the Court finds these laws are unconstitutional and hereby grants a preliminary injunction enjoining Defendants from enforcing Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage.”
Thank La Virgen that Judge Garcia rejected arguments from gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office (ugh, fuck that guy) which included arguments like “traditional marriage best supports the state’s interest in promoting responsible procreation and child rearing” and that “same-sex marriage is a recent innovation that cannot be seen as a fundamental right that must be protected by the courts.”
So this is one giant step in the right direction, but we can’t get married (if you wanted to, of course) just yet. Texas joins a few other states who were “stayed” including Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia in this big waiting room limbo to hear a decision be made from the appeals courts.
In the meantime, let’s take a moment to happy dance because omgossh TEXAS!