Gay, lesbian couples sue to challenge Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

Posted on 29 Oct 2013 at 9:11am

san-antonio-visitor-bureauSAN ANTONIO — A lawsuit filed Monday challenges Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage, claiming the Texas constitution violates protections of the United States constitution, such as the right to equal protection under the law.

The report from mysanantonio.com says the plaintiffs, gay couple Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes, and lesbian couple Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, seek a court order barring Texas officials from enforcing the same-sex marriage ban.

“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, and should they become married in a state that has established marriage equality, Texas explicitly voids their marriage,” said Barry Chasnoff, the attorney who filed the suit.

A spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry said the governor supports Texans who have decided they do not accept same-sex marriage, according to the report.

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