(CNN) — Texas on Wednesday became the latest state to have a federal judge strike down its same-sex marriage ban, thanks to a sweeping decision holding that its current prohibition has no “legitimate governmental purpose.”
The ruling, by San Antonio-based Judge Orlando Garcia, will not take effect immediately: Its enforcement has been stayed while the case works its way through the appeal process, meaning same-sex couples in Texas cannot get married for the time being.
Still, gay rights supporters and activists believe the judgment — because of what it says, how it follows similar rulings in other states and where it happened, in one of the most conservative states in the country — has special significance.
A woman from the Nuer tribe sits with her infant on February 18, 2014 under a military truck at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan camp in Rumbek, Lakes state, South Sudan. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian girls take part in a karate class at al-Reyadi club in Gaza City on Feb. 24, 2014. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)
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