A judge in Texas ruled Tuesday that the state’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.
Judge Guy Herman said that portions of the state’s consitution and family code were “unconstitutional insofar as they restrict marriage in the state of Texas to a union of a man and woman... because such restrictions and prohibitions violate the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Unites States Constitution."
Texas is one of a handful of states that has yet to legalize same-sex marriage, though Tuesday’s ruling could have a significant impact on the potential for that to change. Many Texas residents, however, still strongly oppose legalization.
“They're attacking marriage, they want to redefine marriage, and they want to force their will on the state and the people after the people have already spoken on this issue,” Texas Values president Jonathan Saenz said, according to KVUE.
After the ruling, supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside state capitol to rally behind the decision.
“There's nothing to fear, and everything to gain, by treating all our citizens with dignity, respect, and justice under the law,” Northaven United Methodist Church pastor Eric Folkerth said.
“We are prepared to continue this refrain until love wins the day and marriage equality is the law of the land in this state and every state,” minister Leslie Jackson, of the United Church of Christ, added.