Plaintiffs and attorneys at press conference held after Judge Garcia's announcement.
appeals judge's ruling on gay marriage
Express-News.com, February 28, 2014
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Thursday filed notice to appeal a San Antonio judge's ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, shifting the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
plaintiff considers Greg Abbott a “very good friend”
MySA.com, February 27, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement:”Cecilia and I were, indeed, friends with Mark Phariss. We remember Mark from our law school days and his early days as a lawyer in San Antonio. . ."
judge strikes down Texas' ban on same-sex marriage
New York Times, February 27, 2014
Although significant, the ruling will have no immediate effect, since the judge issued a stay on his decision.
ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional
MySA.com, February 27, 2014
A federal judge in San Antonio on Wednesday declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The Lone Star state's refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages is also unconstitutional, he ruled.
gather to celebrate in downtown S.A.
Express-News.com, February 27, 2014
San Antonio activists for marriage equality stood together downtown Wednesday night to celebrate and show their support for the court decision that found Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional earlier in the day.
in Texas same-sex marriage case
QSanAntonio, February 12, 2014
Saying that he had listened to both sides of the argument, San Antonio Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia told a crowded courtroom today that he will soon make a decision in the case of two couples who are seeking a preliminary injunction to bar Texas from enforcing its same sex marriage ban.
file injunction against state's same-sex marriage ban
QSanAntonio.com, November 23, 2013
Two Texas couples, one gay the other lesbian, who last month filed a suit challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage, filed an injunction yesterday asking the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas to stop the state from enforcing it's same-sex marriage ban while their case moves forward.
await San Antonio judge’s decision in same-sex marriage lawsuit
San Antonio Current, February 12, 2014
The start of a battle to win marriage equality in Texas began this morning in San Antonio federal court waged by two gay couples with strong ties to San Antonio.
freedom for everyone
By Julian Castro and Evan Wolfson, MySA.com, February 11, 2014
Two Texas couples rightly argue that all Texans should have the freedom to marry the person they love.
court, Texas says it bans gay marriage to "promote responsible procreation"
Dallas Observer, February 13, 2013
And why does Texas have such a compelling interest in defining marriage as between a man and a woman? Because children. "The purpose of Texas marriage law is not to discriminate against same-sex couples but to promote responsible procreation," said Assistant Texas Solicitor General Mike Murphy.
judge issues no decision in hearing on Texas marriage ban
By Sam Sanchez, Dallas Voice, February 13, 2014
Saying he had listened to both sides of the argument, San Antonio Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia told a crowded courtroom on Wednesday he will soon make a decision in the case of two couples who are seeking a preliminary injunction to bar Texas from enforcing its same-sex marriage ban.
activist is plaintiff in suit against state's equal marriage ban
QSanAntonio, October 31, 2013
San Antonio LGBT leaders were pleasantly encouraged when they heard that two Texas couples, one gay the other lesbian, filed a suit challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage. However, many were not surprised that Mark Phariss was one of the plaintiffs.
couple seeks equal treatment with suit against Texas marriage ban
QSanAntonio, November 1, 2013
If you ask Cleopatra DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman why they decided to file a federal suit challenging Texas' equal marriage ban, the answer for them is simple: "It's important for our family to be treated equally under the law."