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Judge Strikes Down Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Texas became the fifth state in two months to see a judge strike down its law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. On Thursday, San Antonio–based U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that Texas’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as well as its refusal to recognize same-sex marriages outside the state violated the U.S. Constitution, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The ruling will not take effect right away as Garcia issued a stay in expectation that the decision would be appealed. Texas attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott issued a statement saying he plans to appeal. Abbott argues the ruling defies the people of Texas, who voted in 2003 to codify the traditional definition of marriage in their constitution. 

Since December, Utah, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Virginia have all seen similar laws struck down in court.

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