Monday, October 27, 2014

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Sets January Date for Texas' Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively scheduled oral arguments for the week of Jan. 5 in a lawsuit challenging Texas’ same-sex marriage bans.

In February, U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia struck down the marriage bans as unconstitutional in DeLeon v. Perry. However, Garcia stayed his decision pending an appeal, and Attorney General Greg Abbott appealed it to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans.

The Texas case will be heard the same week as another marriage case from Louisiana, which is also in the 5th Circuit.

In September, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana’s marriage ban in Robicheaux v. Caldwell, becoming the first federal judge to uphold marriage discrimination since June 2013.

(from Lone Star Q)

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