same-sex marriage

Ryan E. Poppe

A San Antonio attorney representing two same-sex couples is asking a federal district judge to join other federal district and appellate courts in lifting the ban on gay marriage in Texas. Part of the original order striking down the ban on the same sex marriage ban in Texas never actually lifted the ban.

Rejecting the state's argument that it, not the U.S. government, has the authority to define marriage, a federal judge overturned South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday.

NPR's Debbie Elliott reports:

"Charleston federal judge Richard Gergel ruled same-sex couples have a right to marry under the U.S. Constitution.

"The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by a lesbian couple denied a marriage license by the Charleston County probate court last month.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Tuesday's appeals court decision that struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada.

A San Antonio attorney for a pair of same-sex couples that have the sued the State of Texas over its statutes concerning gay-marriage has asked the US  Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear their case next month, citing concern for one his clients who is pregnant.  

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has revived his fight against same-sex marriage when told a panel of judges at the US 5th Circuit court that marriage should only exist between those who can produce life.  

In his brief submitted to the federal appeals court, Abbott reasons that the law was intended to protect children by promoting traditional marriage between men and women who procreate.

San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents two same-sex couples fighting to have that ban on same-sex marriage removed.