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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 court weighs overturning marriage bans in three southern states

Friday, January 9, 2015
5th Circuit
Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas took their stands against same-sex marriage Friday before a federal appellate court with a powerful legacy of pushing Deep South conservatives out of their comfort zones on civil rights. [...]

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5th Circuit to hear appeals in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas marriage rulings

Thursday, January 8, 2015
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments Friday in challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. [...]

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Judge won’t allow same-sex marriages in Texas while case is being appealed

Friday, December 12, 2014
Texas
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia suggested to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals would likely put the stay back in place in the Texas case if he lifted it. [...]

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Texas plaintiffs ask judge to lift stay on same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, November 24, 2014
Texas
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Plaintiffs in a challenge to Texas' ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal judge to lift his stay on an ruling striking down the ban earlier this year. [...]

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5th Circuit schedules hearings in appeals of Texas, Louisiana gay marriage rulings

Monday, October 27, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday scheduled oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana. The court set arguments for both cases to be heard during the week of January 5, 2015. [...]

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Texas AG says same-sex marriage ban reduces out-of-wedlock births

Monday, October 13, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says the state's ban on same-sex marriage is in the state's interest because it reduces out-of-wedlock" births. In a brief Friday filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Abbott says legalizing same-sex marriage would would [...]

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Fifth Circuit to hear same-sex marriage appeals from Louisiana, Texas

Friday, September 26, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday said it will hear the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana. Equality on Trial reports that the two cases will be heard on the same date and by the same panel, although [...]

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Plaintiffs refute Texas AG’s claim that same-sex marriage is bad for kids

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
AUSTIN, Texas — Lawyers for two same-sex couples challenging Texas’ same-sex marriage ban are refuting state claims the prohibition promotes raising children in “stable, lasting relationships,” arguing in an appeals brief Tuesday that it serves no legitimate state interest. The 88-page filing with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals [...]

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63 Texas lawmakers compare same-sex marriage to incest, pedophilia, polygamy

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Texas state capitol in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas -- More than 60 Texas lawmakers have signed on to a legal brief comparing same-sex marriage to incest, pedophilia, and polygamy. Lone Star Q reports that 63 legislators — members of the Texas Conservative Coalition — signed the brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Firth [...]

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Texas attorney general says same-sex marriage ban best supports children

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, said the [...]

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