Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic nominee for Texas governor, told a local newspaper's editorial board that she supports allowing gay couples to marry.

“It's my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Davis, a state senator, told the San Antonio Express-News editorial board.

Davis stated that she was pleased that Texas' ban is under challenge in federal court and called on Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, to stop defending the ban.

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“I think that what we see happening at the federal level in terms of constitutional interpretations on that provide some hope that it may be found unconstitutional,” she said.

Davis pledged to back repeal of the ban if elected governor: “I think it is time to re-open that conversation and ask Texans where they are on it to see if that's something that we might change legislatively if it doesn't happen constitutionality.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)