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US judge places hold on same-sex marriages in Texas

In his decision, Garcia said allowing same-sex couples to marry as the case is appealed 'would only be temporary, with confusion and doubt to follow'

US judge places hold on same-sex marriages in Texas

While a judge ruled the Texas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, he’s unwilling to lift a stay while the case faces appeal.

This past February, US District Judge Orlando Garcia found the southern’s state’s prohibition went against the US Constitution’s protection of equal treatment under the law.

Last month, the plaintiffs asked the judge to permit LGBT couples to marry as the case was appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

According to the Statesman, yesterday (12 December) Garcia maintained lifting the stay ‘would only be temporary, with confusion and doubt to follow’ as the case is litigated.

He acknowledged same-sex couples would suffer harm, but added certainty would come soon.

‘The day for finality and legal certainty in the long and difficult journey for equality is closer than ever before,’ he wrote, according to the Statesman.

The Fifth Circuit hears the case next month, 9 January. On the same day, the court also judges the appeal of the ban in neighboring Louisiana.

This past September, District Judge Martin Feldman upheld that state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

If the Pelican State’s prohibition is upheld, the Supreme Court could take the case to make a final decision.


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