Marriage equality activists have another notch on their belt.
In what may be the largest conservative state in the union, Texas, a federal judge has declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Judge Orlando L. Garcia of United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, in San Antonio wrote:
Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.
Judge Garcia issued a stay, which means the bans remain in effect for the time being.
State Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to issue an appeal, taking the case to the appeals court in New Orleans. Abbott is the leading Republican candidate to succeed Rick Perry as governor of Texas.