Texas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge
With George Bush well removed from office, the big state of Texas is seeing a bit of liberalism injected into their history books. A federal judge of U.S. District Court in San Antonio has just declared the 2005 Texas gay marriage ban unconstitutional stating, “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.”
The judge, Orlando Garcia of U.S. District Court in San Antonio, wrote that the state’s marriage laws demean the dignity of gay couples “for no legitimate reason.”
The Texas ban was approved by voters in 2005 and passed with 76 percent of the vote. Two gay couples were challenging it — a Texas couple who wanted to marry and a couple who married in Massachusetts and wanted it recognized by Texas.
“What it really marks is one more voice — that of Judge Garcia’s — joining the chorus that is arising around the country on same-sex marriage and marriage equality,” Barry Chasnoff, a lawyer for the couples, told NBC News. “All our clients ever wanted was the right to be treated with respect and dignity and this judge says they should have it.”
Texas joins another historically conservative state in Kentucky by adjusting the political policies to align with the current times.
Naturally there are opponents, namely Texas governor Rick Perry who immediately vowed to fight not only this particular ruling but all federal legislature adjustments that interrupt with inner state law.
“Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens,” reads Gov. Perry’s statement. “The 10th Amendment guarantees Texas voters the freedom to make these decisions, and this is yet another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn’t be achieved at the ballot box.”
The voices of the generation nearly 10 years ago doesn’t mean the current one will echo a similar tone and Gov. Perry of all people should know this. Again, George Bush is no longer in any office.