House Republicans Reaffirm Support of Gay Marriage Ban

During the Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally on Mar. 23, 2015 at the Texas Capitol, a protester raises questions of marriage sanctity noting celebrities who've been married multiple times.
During the Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally on Mar. 23, 2015 at the Texas Capitol, a protester raises questions of marriage sanctity noting celebrities who've been married multiple times.

House Republicans want Texans to know they still oppose same-sex marriage – even if foot-dragging Democrats thwarted a debate on the polarizing subject Thursday night.

 

Analysis: Should Judges Exit Fundraising Business?

Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals justices listen to Chief Justice Nathan Hecht's State of the Judiciary speech to legislators on Feb. 18, 2015.
Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals justices listen to Chief Justice Nathan Hecht's State of the Judiciary speech to legislators on Feb. 18, 2015.

The U.S. Supreme Court says it's okay for states to bar judges from raising their own campaign cash. A lot of judges (and lawyers, too) think that's a pretty good idea that Texas might want to consider.

The Brief: Leadership Moves Toward Deal on Legislative Priorities

Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.
Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.

Amid the spectacle of bills dying in the House as part of Democrats' concerted effort to take out a controversial gay marriage bill came news that the legislative leadership might be close to hammering out a deal to resolve their major outstanding conflicts.

With Deadline Looming, Democrats Drag Their Feet

House Reading Clerk Elizabeth Milam carries signed bills to the podium during the House session May 14, 2015.
House Reading Clerk Elizabeth Milam carries signed bills to the podium during the House session May 14, 2015.

Facing a midnight deadline in the House to take initial votes on that chamber's bills, Democrats dragged their feet, working to delay a vote on a bill forbidding the use of state or local funds to issue same-sex marriage licenses.