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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Texas Marriage Equality Plaintiffs To Apply For Bexar County Marriage License

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 12:24 AM

click to enlarge Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss are getting hitched in a few months. - SCOTT HAGAR
  • Scott Hagar
  • Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss are getting hitched in a few months.

Two years ago Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes applied for a marriage license at the Bexar County Clerk's office in San Antonio.

They were turned down.

But a lot has changed since then, including a landmark Supreme Court ruling that found state bans on same-sex couples right to marry were unconstitutional. 

Holmes and Phariss were two of the plaintiffs in a Texas case challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

On Friday, roughly three months after the decision, Phariss and Holmes will again apply for a marriage license, which they'll get.

"This time, we will get one. And this time, we will get one from Gerry Rickhoff himself, the County Clerk who, by the way, is Republican and supports marriage equality (and, out of necessity, was named a defendant in out lawsuit against the State of Texas, DeLeon v. Perry)," Phariss wrote in an email. 

Phariss and Holmes have been together for 18 years, and will have a Texas-sized wedding later this year.

"With that license, we will marry each other in 2 months in Frisco, Texas, with family and friends around us and supporting us, all Deep in the Heart of Texas – something we have dreamed of for a long, long time," Phariss said in an email. "This is what the marriage equality fight was all about – enabling couples who loved each other to marry, a right the U.S. Supreme Court correctly said is fundamental to us all. Love, equality and justice won.”

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