HOUSTON — One day after a federal judge struck down Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage, the state on Thursday appealed the ruling.
Texas is one of several conservative states, including Oklahoma and Virginia, in which federal judges have struck down bans on same-sex marriage.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio ruled Wednesday that the ban was unconstitutional. He wrote that it deprived same-sex couples of due process and equal protection of the law, stigmatizing them and treating them differently from other couples.
The judge stayed his ruling pending an appeal.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott and other officials promptly sent notice of appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Abbott, a Republican campaigning for governor, had already announced plans to appeal.
“The ultimate decision about Texas law will be made by the Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court,” Abbott said Wednesday, noting that the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled in favor of states defining and regulating marriage.