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Judge Refuses to Combine Three Separate Challenges to Texas Gay Marriage Ban

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks (pictured) on Thursday rejected efforts by the Texas Attorney General to consolidate three separate lawsuits challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, Lone Star Q reports:

SparksNeel Lane, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits, said he was pleased with the decision because it means a hearing set for Feb. 12 in San Antonio will go forward. U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia has scheduled the hearing to consider the couples’ motion for a preliminary injunction, which would bar the state from enforcing the marriage bans pending trial. The case is known as DeLeon v. Perry.

At today’s hearing, Sparks indicated the other two cases will be tried simultaneously in Austin — likely in late summer or early fall, Lane said. One of the Austin cases, Zahrn v. Perry, seeks class-action status for all Texas same-sex couples who are seeking to marry or have their marriages recognized. The other, McNosky v. Perry, is from a Tarrant County couple who are acting as their own attorneys.

The cases will now head to trial separately.

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  1. They're acting as their own attorneys? That sounds like a horrible idea.

    Posted by: pharmerandy | Jan 11, 2014 11:02:45 AM

  2. From a previous Lone Star Q item:

    "Stricker and McNosky are not attorneys, but they are representing themselves. They have declined offers from attorneys to represent them, saying they don’t want to give up control of the case."

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jan 11, 2014 11:23:37 AM

  3. ...and this comment on the previous link from someone identifying himself as Tony McNosky:

    "I am the Father of Chris McNosky, and I am totally in opposition of what he and friend Sven are trying to do. That being said, I have had conversations with Chris and each time we have talked he has denied being gay/homosexual. He and Sven have no intent on getting married. At least that is what he says. He has denied being gay to his family. Sven said to me the other night when I said as we shook hands, "Good to see ya, whens the wedding, I hear you're getting married" and replied that he must tell his girl friend about this! As far as I can see, these are two aspiring/ wanna-be lawyers who are out to make a name for themselves. From what little I know of Sven, I heard that he is in law school, Chris is not in school at all, works only part time, and flunked the LSAT test the last time he took it."

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jan 11, 2014 11:29:06 AM

  4. 3 chances is more than 1 chance.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jan 11, 2014 12:53:14 PM

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