A federal judge in San Antonio has declared the Texas ban on same-sex marriage in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Today, Judge Orlando Garcia granted a motion for a preliminary injunction enjoining the state of Texas from enforcing the ban. However, the ruling is on hold until Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appeals the decision to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Update: Travis Co. Clerk Says It's 'A Joyous Day'
Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, whose office issues marriage licenses, is fielding questions on what today's ruling means for gay couples wanting to marry. Although the ruling finds Texas' same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, the decision is on hold pending appeal.
DeBeauvoir released a written statement this afternoon lauding the decision: “Because of the stay order in the ruling, the County Clerk cannot issue marriage licenses to gay couples at this time. This is a joyous day, but we will have to wait a little longer to actually deliver the justice and equal rights gay couples so deserve.”
Update: Wendy Davis 'Pleased' With Ruling
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is "pleased" with today's ruling.