How They Won It: Akin Gump Defeats Texas Gay Marriage Ban

Law360, Houston (March 14, 2014, 4:07 PM EDT) -- Armed with a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, lawyers with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP achieved a social and personal victory when they overcame Texas' same-sex marriage ban with a rapid assault in federal court that overwhelmed stiff conservative opposition and laid the foundation for advancing civil rights.

Pointing to the high court's decision in U.S. v. Windsor, which struck a limitation on federal marriage benefits to heterosexual couples, Akin Gump filed suit in October on behalf of Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss, who...
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