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Texas Couple Set To Appear Wednesday in Federal Court To Challenge Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Posted on 2/12/2014 by with 0 comments

Equal_Love_Rally_in_MelbourneSeventeen years after their first date, Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss feel optimistic they will soon be wearing the tuxes they have in mind for their wedding in the Lone Star State.

The couple is set to appear Wednesday in federal court for a hearing on their challenge of Texas’ same-sex marriage ban. And just as the “icepocalypse,” as Holmes described the storm threatening the south, seemed to be clearing up, the couple senses a thaw on the gay marriage front, too.

“We thought about getting married for a while, and even went down to have some rings made in 2008,” Phariss, a 54-year-old lawyer, told msnbc. “But it seemed the right time in light of Windsor to try and get married last October in Texas.”

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to strike down a central provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the landmark case of United States v. Windsor, dozens of gay couples have filed federal challenges to their states’ same-sex marriage bans, hoping to bring the issue once again before the nation’s highest court.

 

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