Some of our gay friends in Houston and Austin have been waiting much, much too long for this happy day. Congratulations to them. Here it is 2014, and who would’ve thought the federal judiciary finally would recognize that the U.S. Constitution applies to everybody, even in Texas?
So saith U.S. Judge Orlando L. Garcia:
“Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution. Furthermore, Supreme Court precedent prohibits states from passing legislation born out of animosity against homosexuals, has extended constitutional protection to the moral and sexual choices of homosexuals, and prohibits the federal government from treating state-sanctioned opposite-sex marriages and same-sex marriages differently.
Applying the United States Constitution and the legal principles binding on this Court by Supreme Court precedent, the Court finds that Article I, Section 32 of the Texas Constitution and corresponding provisions of the Texas Family Code are unconstitutional. These Texas laws deny Plaintiffs access to the institution of marriage and its numerous rights, privileges, and responsibilities for the sole reason that Plaintiffs wish to be married to a person of the same sex. The Court finds this denial violates Plaintiffs’ equal protection and due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
I am sure that Republican gubernatorial hopeful and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will go ahead and waste some more taxpayers’ money pursuing a faux religious appeal of today’s ruling based on his cynical belief that continuing to push for institutionalized discrimination will win him more potential votes at the upcoming ballot box.
Abbott might wind up in the governor’s office, but he’s for sure on the wrong side of history, and on the wrong side of what would Jesus do? in this case.