SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A same-sex couple brought their fight to get married to a San Antonio Federal Court judge Wednesday morning.
Federal judge hears Central Texas couple's challenge to gay marriage ban
Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes sought an injunction to stop Texas from enforcing the state's same-sex marriage ban on the grounds it violates the U.S. Constitution.
The hearing wrapped up Wednesday morning with the judge expected to make a decision in as little as a few hours up to a couple of months.
Following the hearing, both sides addressed the media.
You can't just use any common characteristic of married couples to say that that's a justification for restricting same-sex marriage, plaintiff's attorney Neil Lane said.
Same-sex parents have the same issues, the same challenges and the same property issues that opposite couples have.
The state went before a U.S. federal district court judge and said 150 years of Texas tradition and history can't be re-written with one injunction.
The people have weighed in and this issue is settled as it has been for many years, Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz said.
If the folks that are advocating for redefining marriage think that their arguments have merit and they have the will of the people, take it to the Capitol.
The night before the hearing, KENS 5's Karen Grace sat down with Phariss and Holmes, the couple at the center of the controversial hearing.
It was love at first sight for me, Mark Phariss said.
The couple wants to get married, but last October, when they applied for a marriage license from the Bexar County clerk, they say the county clerk's office refused to issue a marriage license because Holmes and Phariss are both men.
She said, 'You're kidding, right?' Phariss said. We said, 'Uh, no.' So she essentially said, 'We don't do that in Texas.'
There's a dramatic change just since the constitutional ban was passed in 2005, Phariss said.
Gov. Rick Perry continues to back the ban, and state Attorney General Greg Abbott has vowed to defend the ban, as with the case of any state law challenged in court.
Whatever the decision, both sides are expected to appeal.
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