BY: Brittany Gomez

Federal judge strikes down same-sex marriage in Texas.

The U.S supreme court has ruled over and over again that states have the authority to define and regulate same-sex marriage. The Texas constitution defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The 10th amendment of the United States constitution "guarantees Texas voters the freedom" to decide on the parameters for marriage. Supreme court rejected parts of the defense of the Marriage Act while ruling same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits. Not all states have to allow such marriages to place within their borders. Federal judges have ruled that Gay marriage bans in Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Utah violate the U.S constitution. "Equal treatment of all individuals under he law is not merely an aspiration it is a constitutional mandate." Texas law in unconstitutional without a rational relationship to a legitimate government purpose, denies same-sex couples the benefits, dignity and value of celebrating marriage. It is clear that the four plaintiffs suffer humiliation and discriminatory treatment under the law on the basis of their sexual orientation, and this stigmatic harm flows directly from Texas' ban on same-sex marriage.


any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established in various parts of the world to form a familial bond that is recognized legally, religiously, or socially, granting the participating partners mutual conjugal rights and responsibilities

(notice it does not specify man-man, woman-woman, or woman-man)


a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person

(notice it does not specify man-man, woman-woman, or woman-man)