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Texas judge rules state’s ‘demeaning’ same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional

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A judge in a Texas federal court has declared that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. According to Talking Points Memo, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled on Wednesday that the ban violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees all Americans equal protection under the law.

Texas LGBT rights website LoneStarQ.com quoted Garcia’s decision, which read in part, ““The issue before this court is whether Texas’ current definition of marriage is permissible under the United States Constitution.”

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“(T)he Court holds that Texas’ prohibition on same-sex marriage conflicts with the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process,” Garcia continued. “Texas’ current marriage laws deny homosexual couples the right to marry, and in doing so, demean their dignity for no legitimate reason. Accordingly, the Court finds these laws are unconstitutional and hereby grants a preliminary injunction enjoining Defendants from enforcing Texas’ bans on same-sex marriage.”

Two same-sex couples sued the state, arguing that the ban against their marriages was a violation of their rights.

Garcia granted a temporary injunction on the ban, meaning that same-sex couples can marry in Texas until the next stage of legal action.

The full decision is embedded below via Scribd:

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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