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Litigants in state same-sex suit to attend panel discussion

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The Texas couple who joined a lawsuit against Texas' same-sex marriage ban will be on a panel discussion about the book and the issues surrounding same-sex marriage at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St. 

Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes and Their Fight For Marriage Equality in Texas. UNT Press. 480 pages. $29.95.UNT Press
Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes and Their Fight For Marriage Equality in Texas. UNT Press. 480 pages. $29.95.
UNT Press

Mark Phariss, a Fort Worth attorney, and his husband Vic Holmes, an assistant professor at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, are the focus of David Collin's book Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas, recently published by UNT Press. The couple joined the lawsuit challenging the 2005 Texas same-sex marriage ban. The suit followed the Supreme Court's 2013 decision that restricting U.S. federal interpretation of "marriage" and "spouse" in the Defense of Marriage Act to apply only to male-female unions was unconstitutional. 

The panel includes two couple and author David Collins. Tonya Parker, a judge for the 116th Civil District Court in Dallas County, will moderate the discussion. 

The panel discussion is free. For more information, 940-369-8257.