Texas Couples Challenge Gay Marriage Ban

Law360, Dallas (October 29, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT) -- In a lawsuit filed Monday in Texas federal court, two couples challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling it a “grave deprivation of constitutional rights” without a rational basis or compelling government purpose that infringes their basic rights.

The suit was filed by plaintiffs Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, who were married in Massachusetts, and Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss, who want to marry. The couples allege they are part of a “discrete but substantial” minority of Texans who are unlawfully denied their vital...
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