Here We Go: Texas Ban on Gay Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional
We Americans are an arrogant lot. Or at least, some of our judges are.
SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge in San Antonio has declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, however, also issued a stay, meaning the ban stays in effect for the time being.
One gay couple married in Massachusetts and want to force Texas to recognize them. Another want to get married in Texas. Both couples sued. They've won.
In 2005, 76% of Texans voted in favor of banning same-sex marriage. That vote will be nullified if this ruling stands.
Those who believe that the evolving laws on marriage will leave any room for anything other than the most radical court interpretations will be proven wrong.
Those who believe that the logic of these rulings will not open up Pandora's Box to further redefinition of marriage and the family will also be proven wrong.
Those who believe that these moves will not result in the marginalization of Christians have already been proven wrong -- in San Antonio.
Update: Texas will appeal.
Update: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst responds:
I am a longtime defender of marriage as a union between one man and one woman, which is why I led the effort to pass the Defense of Marriage Act back in 2003 and pressed for a Constitutional amendment in 2005. Once again, an activist federal judge has unilaterally attempted to undermine the will of the people of Texas who affirmed this amendment with 76% of the vote. I am insisting that the state of Texas appeal this ruling to protect our time-tested, traditional Texas values.