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He ruled that the state has "failed to identify any rational, much less a compelling, reason that is served by denying same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry".
was a federal-court challenge to discriminatory marriage laws in Texas that prohibited same-sex couples from marrying.
On September 16, 2014, Constitutional Accountability Center and the Cato Institute jointly filed a friend of the court brief in the Fifth Circuit, urging the court of appeals to uphold Judge Garcia’s decision.
Our brief demonstrated that the text and history of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee equality under the law and require equality of rights for all classes of persons and groups, including gay men and lesbians.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Texas and all other U. On February 26, 2014, Judge Orlando Garcia, of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, found that Texas's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
Prior to that ruling, same-sex marriage was not legal in Texas, although a state court ordered the Travis County clerk to issue one marriage license to two women on February 19, 2015, citing the illness of one of them.