Texas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

    Mark Phariss, left, holds the hand of partner Victor Holmes, center, as they leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Antonio. District Judge Orlando Garcia said Wednesday he would issue a decision later after the two Texas men filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking permission to marry, and a lesbian couple sued to have their marriage recognized. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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    A federal judge in San Antonio declared Wednesday that Texas's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it deprives gays of due process and equal protection under the law. "Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution," Judge Orlando Garcia wrote. But the law will remain in place until the state has a chance to appeal. Garcia predicted the case "will make its way to the Supreme Court."

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