Orlando Luis Garcia

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Orlando Luis Garcia (1952) is a former Texas state legislator and a United States federal judge sitting on the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Born in Jim Wells County, Texas, Garcia received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1978. He was in private practice in San Antonio, Texas from 1978–1990, and a Texas state representative from 1983-1991. From 1991 to 1992 he was a judge in the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals.

He was nominated by President Bill Clinton on November 19, 1993, to a seat which had been vacated by Emilio M. Garza over two years before. Garcia was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 10, 1994, and received his commission on March 11, 1994.

Same-sex marriage[edit]

On February 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Garcia overturned the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the prohibition is unconstitutional and stigmatizes the relationship of gay couples in the conservative state. He stayed his ruling pending appeal.[1]


  1. ^ Guillermo Contreras (February 26, 2014). "Texas' ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional". San Antonio Express-News. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 115 (San Antonio)

Succeeded by
Leticia R. Van de Putte
Legal offices
Preceded by
Emilio M. Garza
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
March 11, 1994 – Present
Succeeded by