Texas gay Marriage ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge
In response to a challenge by two gay couples in Austin of Texas' ban on gay marriage, federal judge Orlando Garcia struck down the ban, saying he was "complying with the U.S. Constitution. The ban will still be left in place after Wednesday pending a ruling by an appeals court later in the year. The ruling defies the argument made by the office of Texas Attorney General saying that each state has its own right to define marriage. According to federal court rules, a judge may suspend a law if it is believed that the "plaintiff has a strong case and will suffer if the law is enforced." Currently, seventeen states allow same-sex marriage.
By Jordan Moses
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