Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down
February 26th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
8 months ago

Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down

(CNN) – A federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Texas, ruling Wednesday it has no "rational relation to a legitimate government purpose."

The decision is the latest in a series of federal and state court moves to overturn current laws forbidding gay and lesbians from legal wedlock.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Texas
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    These two guys on top of that cake are starting to become America's newest BFF icons.

    February 26, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Uh-oh, now everyone in Texas will have to gay marry!

    *sarcasm*

    February 26, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    The founders of this great country would be pleased.
    ”I know it will give great offense to the clergy, but the advocate of religious freedom is to expect neither peace nor forgiveness from them.“– Thomas Jefferson

    February 26, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    We're going through the same thing here in Michigan. I didn't even know we had a ban, though I should have. Yesterday the protesters were out.

    February 26, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    This ought to be fun to watch.

    February 26, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Well, obviously, the only proper response is to pass a bill in Texas allowing businesses to refuse service to gay customers.

    Right???

    February 26, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    So much for Texas the so called red bigot state leader and the GOP party of stupid. These GOP idiots NEED to be KICKED OUT OF OFFICE IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ruling Wednesday it has no "rational relation to a legitimate government purpose."
    -------------------------------------------------
    That's exactly what folks ar saying about the current Republican Party: it has ho rational relation to a legitimate government purpose.
    How about that?!

    February 26, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    Hurrah!
    “Among the most inestimable of our blessings is that … of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will; a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.”– Thomas Jefferson, Reply to Baptist Address, 1807

    February 26, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    No Rational basis ? But they act differently on some things & The People of TX don't like that.

    February 26, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    SCOTUS. Take it up. Now.

    February 26, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Famous Movie Quotes

    "There's only two things from Texas, gays and strays. Which one are YOU?"

    Name that movie....

    February 26, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Ol' Yeller

    @ThinkAgain

    Uh-oh, now everyone in Texas will have to gay marry!

    *sarcasm*

    Love the disclaimer, ThinkAgain... had you not posted that you would probably have already been attacked by all the rwnj's on here, who wouldn't know humor if it hit them with a huge powder puff and screamed "MAKE-UP" every 6 minutes and 22 seconds.

    February 26, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Dallas

    This is a true step forward, especially for Red Texas, however, I have no doubt our illustrious but wanna be governor who pals around with that bigot Ted Nugent and who is our current Attorney General will appeal this decision. We are still a few years away from ridding ourselves in Texas from these religious zealots but we do stand a chance in the governors race this year. This is progress for Texas – let's hope it eventually comes to pass!

    February 26, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    I was reading the protesters signs yesterday and a pastor was carrying one saying something about why are they pushing their lifestyle on me? All I could think of was, no one is saying you have to be gay. You hear the right talking about their religious freedoms being assaulted and all I can think is, they're the ones trying to push their religion on everyone. I was raised in the church but they are turning me against religion. And that saddens me.

    February 26, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda
    You acquitted yourself quite well in the TIGER story exchange.
    I'm not quite sure how that whole exchange took a left turn but it was good of you to recognize that nobody was going anywhere fast with that topic today.
    It would stand to reason that if an administration is aware of the danger that infrastructure disrepair in their state represent and they choose to not address those repairs then they should shoulder the responsibilities of their inaction.
    Might be a full moon today, I gotta go check......

    February 26, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    EABODs, Gopers/Teatrolls. Eat 'em up.

    February 26, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. smith

    Simple solution, get rid of marriage all together. No more fighting and everyone wins.

    February 26, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Well, obviously, the only proper response is to pass a bill in Texas allowing businesses to refuse service to gay customers.

    Right???"

    Yep...and then we can change our name to the United States of Uganda.

    February 26, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Wake up People!

    We're going through the same thing here in Michigan. I didn't even know we had a ban, though I should have. Yesterday the protesters were out.
    ---------------------
    Really. Well, I dare them to brave the cold tomorrow and the day after. NYC is looking at 20-30 below Thursday night, and into Friday morning.

    February 26, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    maybe this will push them over the edge and they'll secede. as soon as they do, the wall with an electrified fence goes up to keep the illegals out

    February 26, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Maybe Nugent will move to Alaska, now that TX will become such a liberal hellhole(jk).

    February 26, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. salty dog

    I didn't think they allowed gays in Texas, get your shotguns fellas, we got some fancy boys startin trouble. Does nugent know about this? I can only imagine how steamed some down there must be, and i will enjoy that thought.

    February 26, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    You and your religion don't like it move to another planet.
    Not only separation of church and state and everything decent but it sounds as if the founding fathers weren't that much into religion themselves.

    February 26, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    ThinkAgain

    Well, obviously, the only proper response is to pass a bill in Texas allowing businesses to refuse service to gay customers.

    Right???
    ----------------------------------–
    Right. They might try to upgrade any "stand your ground" or "castle doctrine" laws, too. I think Florida's doing it now.

    February 26, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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