LGBTQ Texans Granted the Fundamental Right to Marry
Austin - For generations now, Texas couples have been taking care of one another in sickness and in health, in good times and bad. Because they were the same sex, they could not legally marry in Texas.
Rep. Celia Israel is ecstatic that marriage equality is finally settled law, after Friday's Supreme Court ruling that the freedom to marry everywhere in the United States is protected by the Constitution.
Rep. Israel said she is relieved the Supreme Court struck down discriminatory laws out of step with most Texans, noting that same-sex couples want to get married to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and to protect their families.
"Texans have been waiting a long time for today's decision, and I could not be happier," Israel said. "Today we celebrate the highest court in the land reaffirming the rights of all Americans, no matter who they love. I look forward to attending a lot of summer weddings!"
Rep. Israel said the timing of today's decision is especially meaningful as it was 48 years ago that the Supreme Court declared bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional in the landmark decision of Loving v. Virginia.
Currently, planning is underway for a marriage weekend in Travis County on July 4 and 5. Additional information is available at http://getmarriedtexas.org/.