Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes of Plano were one of the plaintiff couples in the lawsuit challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages. They won in trial court and were waiting on a decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. But today’s Supreme Court decision striking down all marriage equality bans nationwide pre-empted the 5th Circuit.
This is what Mark and Vic had to say.
MARK: “Vic and I are overjoyed by today’s Supreme Court decision. After almost 18 years together, we can soon exchange vows, place rings on each other’s finger, look each other in the eye and say “I do” — all at a wedding surrounded by family and friends. We can’t wait! In fact, in anticipation of today’s decision, we have scheduled a wedding for November and have booked a facility, a photographer, a videographer, a band and a florist.
“On behalf of ourselves and all Texas’ gay and lesbian citizens, we thank the Supreme Court for the best wedding gift one could ever receive, the ability to marry. Today’s decision reaffirms the American principles of freedom, justice and equality for all. Let freedom ring!”
VIC: “That Mark and I can finally marry in our home state, surrounded by friends and family, is a dream come true. For the thousands of gay and lesbian Texans, I’m thrilled beyond words to share that dream. Thanks to the Supreme Court for recognizing that love is important. Thanks also to our legal team for their tireless efforts and our co-plaintiffs for their courage in this fight. But most importantly, thanks to Mark, my soon-to-be husband after almost 18 years of love and unwavering support.”