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De Leon v. Perry

De Leon v. Perry is a federal court challenge to Texas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed October 28, 2013, in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. The plaintiffs are two same-sex couples: Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman; and, Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss.

A request by state officials to consolidate this challenge with two other federal lawsuits challenging Texas’ ban – Zahrn v. Perry and McNosky v. Perry – was denied in January 2014.

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Federal appeals courts set schedules in Idaho, Nevada and Texas marriage cases

| Monday, June 2, 2014
The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans.
Two more federal appeals courts are set to consider recent rulings declaring same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Texas as unconstitutional, and an appeal of Nevada's ban, which was upheld in 2012. The cases are De Leon v. Perry in Texas, Latta v. Otter in Idaho, and Sevcik v. Sandoval in Nevada.

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Texas files notice to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Jerry Lara, APPlaintiffs (from left) Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, and Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes, give a news conference in San Antonio on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 after U.S. Federal Judge Orlando Garcia declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas has officially given notice it will appeal a federal judge's decision to lift the state's ban on gay marriage.

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Texas AG Greg Abbott promises to fight same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has promised to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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Federal judge strikes down Texas ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has struck down Texas' ban on gay marriage, but is leaving it in place pending a ruling by an appeals court later this year.

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Federal judge hears challenge to Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Eric Gay, APCouples (from left) Cleopatra De Leon and  Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss, talk with the media after as they leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Antonio.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Attorneys for two same-sex couples have faced off with the Texas attorney general's office over whether a federal judge should lift the state ban on gay marriage.

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Judge to hear challenge of Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lisa Krantz, The San Antonio Express-News (AP)Cleo DeLeon, left, and Nicole Dimetman play with their son at their home in Austin, Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Two gay couples challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage will take their case to federal court on Wednesday in the wake of recent legal victories in two other conservative states.

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Two same-sex couples challenging Texas’ ban on gay marriage

| Friday, November 29, 2013
Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss
AUSTIN, Texas -- Two same-sex couples have challenged Texas' constitutional ban on gay marriage in a San Antonio federal court, and a federal judge could hear arguments as soon as January, an attorney for the couples said Wednesday.

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