Sheriff Lupe Valdez

Today, Sept. 16, is the deadline to file amici briefs to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in the DeLeon v. Perry suit that will be heard by the court next month. Texas first responders are among those filing amici briefs. Plano couple Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss are one of two couples who are plaintiffs in the case.

The federal district court in San Antonio found that the Texas marriage discrimination law is unconstitutional.

Among those signing the amici brief is Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. More than 200 others signed the brief. Others from the DFW area who sign are:

Brad Daugirda, EMT-P/ Firefighter Captain, City of Keller, Texas
Claudia J. Porter Withrow, DART Police Officer
Deanne Flecker, Dispatcher II, Lewisville Police Department
Jennifer LaChance, Firefighter Captain (Retired), DFW Airport DPS
Julie Martin, Senior Sergeant, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department
Karen Donahue, Police Officer & Recruit Academy Coordinator, Arlington Police Department
Kellie Pullin, Officer, Federal Reserve Law Enforcement
Kellie Whitehead, Fort Worth Police Officer
Kelly Lincoln, Police Officer, Arlington Police Department
Lisa Sorrels, Detective, Fort Worth Police Department
Michael Baggott, Detective, Fort Worth Police Department
Nancy Blankenship, Sergeant (Retired), Fort Worth Police Department.
Penelope Flores, DART Police Officer
Tracey Knight, Corporal, Fort Worth Police Department