Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional but left the ban in place while an appeals court considers the matter. The judge, Orlando Garcia of U.S. District Court in San Antonio, wrote that the state's marriage

Federal Judge Voids Texas Gay Marriage Ban

Garcia ruled in a case that was brought by four plaintiffs including Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss, who say that the ban on gay marriage, which Texas enacted in 2005, infringes on their rights. "We are extremely happy — happy beyond words — with