A federal judge in Texas today joined judges in other red stakes including Utah and Oklahoma in ruling that state-level bans on same-sex marriage violate the U.S. Constitution, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Morning News quoted the ruling U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia handed down in San Antonio today.

"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,” Garcia 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.”
Michael McShane
Ellen Rosenblum