TEXAS: Marriage Lawsuit Filed
Add Texas to the ever-lengthening list of states facing a marriage lawsuit. Yesterday two gay couples filed there in federal court. Via the San Antonio Express-News:
The suit names as plaintiffs two same-sex couples, Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, but makes it clear the litigation is pursuing rights for a larger group of people in similar situations. The suit claims provisions of the Texas constitution and other state laws barring same-sex marriage violate protections of the U.S. constitution, such as the right to equal protection under the law. A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry said the governor supports Texans who have decided they do not accept same-sex marriage. “The governor agrees with the majority of Texans, who voted to define marriage in the Texas Constitution as between one man and one woman,” spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said via e-mail. No hearing to take up the suit's request for an injunction, or court order, had been set as of Monday.This makes state number 21. I think.