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Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — A federal judge called Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, ordering the law temporarily blocked while opponents pursue litigation seeking to overturn it. He then delayed his ruling so the state can appeal.

The pre-trial ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia extended to the nation’s second-largest state a run of courtroom victories by gay union proponents. By staying his decision to allow for an expected state challenge, however, the ban remains in effect. Texas officials may seek a reversal of his judgment with the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

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