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Texas Same Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 04:12 PM CST

A federal judge in San Antonio struck down the Texas ban on same sex marriage.

But Judge Orlando Garcia granted an injunction against the law but he immediately ruled the injunction will not be enforced pending an appeal.

Two gay couples had challenged the state's constitutional amendment and a longstanding law banning gay marriage.

Under federal court rules, a judge may suspend a law if he or she believes the plaintiffs have a strong case and will suffer if the law is enforced.

Garcia said his injunction against Texas enforcing its ban will take effect once an appeals court has a chance to rule on the issue.

The ruling is the latest in a recent series of victories for gay rights activists.

Find background on the Texas same sex marriage ban.

Read reaction to the ruling from Texas politicians.

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Texas Same Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

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