A San Antonio judge Tuesday scheduled a hearing in February to consider temporarily blocking Texas’ same-sex marriage ban.
Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia set the Texas hearing for February 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the John H. Wood, Jr. United States Courthouse in San Antonio.
If the judge grants the injunction, the case will be eligible for immediate appeal to the U.S. Fifth Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans.
The plaintiffs include Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, a lesbian couple in Austin who were legally married in Massachusetts in 2009 and Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss of Plano.
A lawyer for the couple has said if the case gets to the Supreme Court, the two Texas couples would join plaintiffs in the other seven cases to challenge same-sex marriage bans.
Let me save everyone some time here. If Judge Garcia grants the injunction, the Fifth Circuit will come up with some bullshit reason to overturn it, and the Supreme Court will decline to hear the appeal. Thus, traditional marriage will remain sanctified until at least the end of the actual trial. The only difference will be the level of freakout among the “defenders” of traditional marriage, which will be way beyond 11 at that point. Panic will be sown, funds will be raised, hate will spew forth, you get the idea. But nothing will change just yet. It’s coming, you can bet on that, but it won’t happen on or around February 12, 2014. Texpatriate has more.