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Federal judge strikes down Texas’ marriage ban

Posted on February 26, 2014

TEXASOREarlier today, a federal judge ruled that Texas’ ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. Citing recent US Supreme Court rulings — most notably in Windsor – U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said that “state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution.”

Though Garcia issued a stay, meaning same-sex couples cannot receive marriage licenses in Texas, today’s ruling is a historic step towards the freedom to marry — and another clear signal that momentum for marriage in the Courts is at an all-time high. Judge Garcia is now the sixth federal judge to rule that denying marriage to gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional.

Here in Oregon, a case challenging our state’s marriage ban is on the fast-track in federal court. And with more decisions like today’s in Texas, which affirm the unconstitutionality of similar bans across the country, we are more confident than ever that the judge will rule in our favor — and soon, the freedom to marry will be law in Oregon.

Share this graphic on Facebook to congratulate Texas — and then commit to making 2014 the year we win marriage for all Oregon families.