HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Few Options for Gay Couples in State Marriage Classes

The state's Twogether in Texas program grants couples a $60 discount on a marriage license if they take a premarital education class from the state's network of providers, most of which are faith-based groups. Many providers don't plan to open their classes to same-sex couples.
The state's Twogether in Texas program grants couples a $60 discount on a marriage license if they take a premarital education class from the state's network of providers, most of which are faith-based groups. Many providers don't plan to open their classes to same-sex couples.

Many of the providers in a state program that gives engaged Texans a discount on a marriage license if they take a premarital counseling course do not plan to open up the classes to same-sex couples.

Spouses of Gay Public Employees Eligible for Benefits

A couple arranges a marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015.
A couple arranges a marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015.

As of Wednesday, public employers including Texas agencies and universities will allow current and retired gay and lesbian employees to enroll their same-sex spouses in the same benefit programs and services available to opposite-sex couples.

Benefits Should Follow Same-Sex Marriages

A couple arranges a marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015.
A couple arranges a marriage license at the Travis County Clerk's office on June 26, 2015.

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling establishing the constitutional right to same-sex marriage, public employers are now figuring out how and when spouses of married gay employees will start receiving benefits.

Abortion Providers Seek to Halt Appeals Court Decision

Abortion rights activists protest across from the governor's mansion in Austin on June 9, 2015.
Abortion rights activists protest across from the governor's mansion in Austin on June 9, 2015.

Texas abortion providers on Wednesday filed a motion asking a federal appeals court to halt its ruling that upheld a state law requiring nearly all Texas facilities that perform the procedure to meet hospital-like standards.