A federal judge ruled today that a Texas law and subsequent constitutional amendment protecting marriage as the union of a man and woman violates the U.S. Constitution, which upholds “the moral and sexual choices of homosexuals,” LifeSiteNews.
U.S. District Judge for Western Texas Orlando Luis Garcia said the laws had no “rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose” but simply reflected the bigotry of the citizens of Texas.
“[U.S.] 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,” he wrote in his decision invalidating the amendment, as well as a 2003 law.
Some 76 percent of Texas voters supported Proposition 2 in 2005, despite being outspent by more than a quarter of a million dollars.
"The state of Texas is the latest victim of a judicial free-for-all in making a lawless mockery of the ideals that our Founding Fathers stood for,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "A court-imposed redefinition of marriage strips away the fundamental right to self-governance. This is not just an attack on marriage, but an attack on the rule of law.”
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said, “This is a historic day for the LGBT community and the state of Texas.”