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Two same-sex couples file federal challenge to Texas gay marriage ban

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Two same-sex couples on Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court, challenging Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Texas-flagThe suit, filed U.S. District Court in San Antonio by attorney Barry Chasnoff on behalf of Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, seeks a court order barring Texas officials from enforcing the ban, reported the San Antonio Express-News.

“In Texas, plaintiffs cannot legally marry their partner before family, friends, and society — a right enjoyed by citizens who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex. And should they become married in a state that has established marriage equality, Texas explicitly voids their marriage,” according to the complaint.

“There is no rational basis, much less a compelling government purpose, for Texas to deny plaintiffs the same right to marry enjoyed by the majority of society,” the suit alleges.

Pharris and Holmes are from Plano, Texas, a Dallas suburb, and De Leon and Dimetman are from San Antonio.

The lawsuit claims provisions of the Texas constitution and other state laws barring same-sex marriage violate protections of the U.S. constitution, such as the right to equal protection under the law.

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