Here is part of the text of the ruling issued by federal district judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio earlier today:
"Today's court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent. Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution."
Garcia's ruling is a major victory for groups seeking to make marriage legal for gay and lesbian couples nationwide, but it will not win them Texas marriage licenses anytime soon. Garcia has stayed his own ruling pending appeal.Read More