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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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Don’t plan on getting ‘gay-married’ in Texas before 2016

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Texas
Plaintiffs and their attorneys in a lawsuit challenging Texas’ same-sex marriage bans say they’re disappointed that oral arguments won’t be held until January at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. ... The disappointment is understandable, and we all want marriage equality in Texas as soon as humanly possible. But the fact is there was never much a chance for the Texas or Louisiana cases to get to the Supreme Court in 2015. The last, best hope for that is the...

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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 do little or nothing to encourage ...

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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 the date for oral arguments has not yet been scheduled.

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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 says the ban denies gay...

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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 Circuit to uphold Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

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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 views of ban opponents could be considered "rational."

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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
Greg Abbott
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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