Feb. 26 - A federal judge rules a Texas ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but Governor Perry says Texans voted otherwise. Gavino Garay reports.
A partial victory for gay rights advocates. This time, in Texas. The lone-star state's ban on same-sex marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia. That assessment however doesn't mean the ban is going away. Garcia also declared a 'stay' on the decision -- which keeps the ban in effect. The two couples who fought the state's ban on gay marriage cheered the decision on as an encouraging sign. (SOUNDBITE) PLAINTIFF VIC HOLMES SAYING: "The biggest thing I think we would want to say is, 'Woohoo! We did it!' It may be the first step, but it's an awesome first step." (SOUNDBITE) PLAINTIFF MARK PHARISS SAYING: "No kid should ever ever, like I did, go to bed, at night, knowing they're gay, and praying they won't wake up." (SOUNDBITE) PLAINTIFF NICOLE DIMETMAN SAYING: "We certainly didn't imagine, that we could one day be married, and one day enjoy that marriage in our home-state of Texas." Governor Rick Perry made a statement on the ruling, saying "Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman." In 2005, Texas voted overwhelmingly to approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In all, gay marriage is recognized in 17 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia.