- Andrew Slaton
- Vic Homes and Mark Phariss were plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Texas' same-sex marriage ban. They're getting married in November!
Today is a huge day, and Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss know this best.
Holmes and Phariss were two of the plaintiffs in a Texas case challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
"Vic and I are overjoyed by today's Supreme Court decision. After almost 18 years together, we can soon exchange vows, place rings on each other's finger, look each other in the eye and say 'I do' — all at a wedding surrounded by family and friends," Phariss said. "We can't wait!"
So they booked a wedding for November.
"On behalf of ourselves and all Texas' gay and lesbian citizens, we thank the Supreme Court for the best wedding gift one could ever receive, the ability to marry," Phariss said. "Today's decision reaffirms the American principles of freedom, justice and equality for all. Let freedom ring!"
Holmes feels no different.
"That Mark and I can finally marry in our home state, surrounded by friends and family, is a dream come true. For the thousands of gay and lesbian Texans, I'm thrilled beyond words to share that dream. Thanks to the Supreme Court for recognizing that love is important. Thanks also to our legal team for their tireless efforts and our co-plaintiffs for their courage in this fight. But most importantly, thanks to Mark, my soon-to-be husband after almost 18 years of love and unwavering support."
Congratulations to them!