Tribpedia: Gay Marriage

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In May 2005, Texas legislators amended the state Constitution to specify that "marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman." That November, about 76 percent of Texas voters approved the gay-marriage ban.

Before and after that, however, transgender marriage cases sparked controversies and confusion about what, for the sake of marriage, legally defines ...

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GOP nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general Dan Patrick (l.) and Ken Paxton.
GOP nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general Dan Patrick (l.) and Ken Paxton.

GOP Lawmakers Make Case for Upholding Gay Marriage Ban

UPDATED: Removing Texas' same-sex marriage ban could clear the way for bigamy, pedophilia and incest, according to a federal brief signed by 63 Texas Republican lawmakers including the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. 

 

The atrium of the Fort Worth Convention Center, site of the Texas Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.
The atrium of the Fort Worth Convention Center, site of the Texas Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.

GOP Poised For Lively Floor Debate at State Convention

As they enter the final day of the Texas GOP convention, about 10,000 delegates are set to adopt the state party’s stance on a slew of issues. Republican delegates are set to debate key voting issues among conservatives — immigration and homosexuality — when they vote Saturday on the state Republican Party platform.

State Files Notice of Appeal on Gay Marriage Ruling

UPDATED: The state of Texas on Thursday filed a notice that it intends to appeal a federal judge's ruling Wednesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Presiding U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio is the latest of a slate of federal judges in Republican states to rule against same-sex marriage bans, following last year's U.S. Supreme Court case Windsor v. U.S., which required the federal government — but not states — to recognize same-sex marriages.

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Battle in Court

A federal court in San Antonio will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that seeks to overturn Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage. It's one of several cases statewide challenging Texas' stance on same-sex unions. And it's part of a national movement by activists to expand marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (far left) presents wooden gavels to nine Texas Catholic bishops at the Texas Senate on April 6, 2011
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (far left) presents wooden gavels to nine Texas Catholic bishops at the Texas Senate on April 6, 2011

Papal and Public Opinion on Gay Marriage

Whether or not the Catholic Church remains strongly opposed to gay marriage under Pope Francis I, one thing is for sure: There is a clear and widening gap between papal and public opinion on same-sex relationships in the U.S., and Texas is no exception.

 

Brian Stephens, left, and Andy Miller with their son, Clark, on Jan. 21, 2013, in Austin.
Brian Stephens, left, and Andy Miller with their son, Clark, on Jan. 21, 2013, in Austin.

Bill Would Allow Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates

Under Texas law, same-sex parents cannot both appear on an adoptive child's supplemental birth certificate. A bill authored by Rep. Rafael Anchia would change that, which supporters say would clear up confusion and embarrassment for children. But opponents argue the proposal is "self-serving" for gay Texans, and an "attack on mothers and fathers." 

Carona's Take on Gay Rights Reflects Changing Attitudes

While state Sen. John Carona's comments on his "evolving" attitude toward certain gay rights issues have garnered plenty of negative attention from conservative groups, the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll shows the Republican lawmaker's views are consistent with changing attitudes among many Texans

Carona issued a statement in response to our request for an interview about his comments and the poll data: "Consistent with my voting record, I do not support gay marriage. This is my view, and I believe it reflects the view of an overwhelming majority of voters in Senate District 16."