Texas’ law which forbids same-sex marriages will be tested in federal court in San Antonio on Wednesday by two Austin women and two Plano men.
The Austin couple, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, were married in 2009 in Massachusetts, a state which recognizes same sex marriages.
In the Texas lawsuit, the couples claim that Texas law violates their 14th Amendment rights.
“We deserve to be treated like everybody else,” said Dimetman. “We’re like any other Texans and we deserve to live our lives with the same respect and dignity.”
“We’re going to try to make this state a better place for us to live and other people like us,” De Leon added.
But the main reason for filing the suit, Dimetman said, was to protect their 19-month-old son from discrimination. De Leon is the child’s biological mother and Dimetman has adopted him.
Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes of Plano are also named in the lawsuit. They were denied a marriage license in Bexar County last fall because they are both men.
The hearing on the lawsuit is set for Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. before Federal Judge Orlando Garcia.