Texas couples, Marc Pharris and Vic Holmes and and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday seeking to end the ban on marriage equality in Texas. The suit names only the two couples as plaintiffs but seeks to bring full marriage equality to all of Texas.
"In Texas, Plaintiffs cannot legally marry their partner before family, friends, and society — a right enjoyed by citizens who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex," reads the suit, filed in San Antonio by attorney Barry Chasnoff of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, according to the Express-News. "And should they become married in a state that has established marriage equality, Texas explicitly voids their marriage. There is no rational basis, much less a compelling government purpose, for Texas to deny plaintiffs the same right to marry enjoyed by the majority of society."