Texas ban on same-sex marriage ruled unconstitutional

TexasorderA federal judge today declared the Texas ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The state’s refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages is also unconstitutional, he ruled. Today’s ruling is one in a line of decisions striking down state level marriage bans.

Statement by Rea Carey, executive director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

“Everything is bigger in Texas and this ruling is an enormous leap forward for same-sex couples in the Lone Star state. Every time a judge strikes down a same-sex marriage ban, is yet another nail in the coffin of discrimination. It also hastens the day when all loving couples who simply want the ability to share the benefits and responsibilities of marriage can. While this ruling will now go to a higher court, and marriages in Texas will not happen immediately, this is a great day for love, freedom and justice.”