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Same-sex marriage headed for a showdown in S.A.
Express-News.com, February 10, 2014
On Wednesday, two same-sex couples will go before U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, who will consider a preliminary injunction, a court order that would bar Texas from enforcing the same-sex marriage ban while the lawsuit continues to be litigated.

Top: Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss. Lower: Cleopatra DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman at the 2009 HRC Gala in San Antonio

Texas couples file injunction against state's same-sex marriage ban
QSanAntonio.com, November 23, 2013

Two Texas couples, one gay the other lesbian, who last month filed a suit challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage, filed an injunction yesterday asking the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas to stop the state from enforcing it's same-sex marriage ban while their case moves forward.

Mark Phariss and his partner Vic Holmes of Plano, along with Cleopatra DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman from Austin, filed their original federal lawsuit on October 28 in San Antonio.

The defendants named in the case are Governor Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbot, Bexar County Clerk Gerard Rickhoff and Commissioner of State Health Services David Lakey.

The injunction, dated November 22 and submitted by the the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, states:

"Plaintiffs respectfully request that the Court issue an order preliminarily enjoining Defendants from enforcing any constitutional or statutory provisions, including article I, section 32 of the Texas Constitution and Texas Family Code §§ 2.001 and 6.204, that prevent Plaintiffs Phariss and Holmes from marrying on the basis that they are of the same sex, or prevents the State from recognizing Plaintiffs’ De Leon and Dimetman’s marriage on the basis that they are of the same sex. Plaintiffs further request that the Court enter a preliminary injunction commanding Defendant Rickhoff to issue a marriage license to Plaintiffs Phariss and Holmes."

If the court grants the injunction, it could mean that same-sex couples in Texas would be free to marry during the time the couples' case makes its way through the federal court system.

Below are links to some of the legal documents related to this case:

Plaintiffs’ Original Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief – 10/28/2013

Motion for Preliminary Injunction against Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage – 11/22/2013

-- Affidavit by Michael Lamb, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

-- Affidavit by Dr. Gary Segura, Professor of American Politics, Department of Political Science, Stanford University

-- Affidavit by Dr. Nancy Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University

-- Affidavit by Ilan H. Meyer, Senior Scholar for Public Policy, Williams Institute at University of California School of Law



S.A. judge sets date for motion to halt Texas’ same-sex marriage ban
Texas Public Radio, December 12, 2013
A federal lawsuit against Texas’ ban of same-sex marriage advanced a step this week as federal judge in San Antonio set a court date to hear why those same laws should be placed on hold while the case awaits a trial.

Texas Same-Sex Marriage Case
By Randy Bear, Concerned Citizens, November 23, 2013
As some of you may know, two Texas couples are taking on the State of Texas in their bid to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Former S.A. activist is plaintiff in suit against state's equal marriage ban
QSanAntonio, October 31, 2013
San Antonio LGBT leaders were pleasantly encouraged when they heard that two Texas couples, one gay the other lesbian, filed a suit challenging the state's ban on same sex marriage. However, many were not surprised that Mark Phariss was one of the plaintiffs.

Lesbian couple seeks equal treatment with suit against Texas marriage ban
QSanAntonio, November 1, 2013
If you ask Cleopatra DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman why they decided to file a federal suit challenging Texas' equal marriage ban, the answer for them is simple: "It's important for our family to be treated equally under the law."