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What Marriage Equality Means To Plano Couple At Center Of Texas Lawsuit

Jun 29, 2015

On Monday's Think, Krys Boyd spoke with the Plano couple who was part of a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes have been together for 18 years. And beyond the legal rights that Friday’s Supreme Court ruling allows them, Holmes says that getting married will also allow the couple to publicly demonstrate their commitment to one another.

"It's not just the commitment to each other. It's that they're demonstrating that commitment to their community -- to the people who love them," he said. "That's what really a marriage is about."

Holmes also said he disagreed with the idea that legalized same-sex marriage redefines marriage.

"That's what a marriage has always been about. It's always been about people who love each other," he said. "You have two people who love each other so much that ... they want to enter into an institution that is intentionally difficult to break, because they love each other so much that they want to demonstrate that commitment."

Added Phariss: "When you listen to Vic and hear him talk, I think you can see why, one, I love him and, two, why we've never had a fight."

"That's actually true," Holmes said.

The couple plan to marry on Nov. 21.

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