The Texas ban on gay marriage has just been struck down by a federal judge, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
But gay Texans won't be able to wed right away. US District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a stay pending an appeal to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Garcia overturned the ban on same-sex marriage on wide-ranging civil rights grounds. He argued that the ban violated the Equal Protection clause of the 14th amendment.
"Texas' current marriage laws deny homosexual couples the right to marry, and in doing so, demean their dignity for no legitimate reason," he wrote in his decision. "Accordingly, the Court finds these laws are unconstitutional and hereby grants a preliminary injunction enjoining Defendants from enforcing Texas' bans on same-sex marriage."
This upheaval in Texas follows similar rulings in other ultra-conservative state, including Utah and Oklahoma. Gay marriage bans all over the nation could go the same way, in the wake of the Supreme Court's overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.
You can read the whole Texas ruling here.
Via the San Antonio Express-News.