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Colby Melvin (L) and Brandon Brown embrace after the U.S. Supreme court ruled on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, at The Abbey in West Hollywood, California June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
The equality just keeps spreading.
The marriage equality judgments just keep coming. Texas is the latest state to have its same-sex marriage ban declared unconstitutional by a federal district judge:
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia cited recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings as having trumped Texas’ moves to ban gay marriage.

“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,” he said in his order. “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution.”

It's been less than two weeks since a Virginia district judge struck down that state's marriage ban, joining judges in Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Kentucky who had ruled against at least some parts of those states' gay marriage bans.

Garcia issued a stay on his ruling while it is appealed, so Texas couples will have to wait.

1:05 PM PT: Texas attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott confirms that the state will appeal the decision.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM PST.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, Houston Area Kossacks, TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans, Good News, LGBT Kos Community, and Daily Kos.

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