Tribpedia: Gay Marriage

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 ...

Papal and Public Opinion on Gay Marriage

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

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."

Tom Brown, the founder and pastor of Word of Life Church (left) and El Paso city Reps. Steve Ortega and Susie Byrd and Mayor John Cook (right).
Tom Brown, the founder and pastor of Word of Life Church (left) and El Paso city Reps. Steve Ortega and Susie Byrd and Mayor John Cook (right).

Bitter Battle Over Same-Sex Benefits Divides El Paso

El Paso Mayor John Cook and two City Council members face a recall election over the city's decision to extend health care benefits to unmarried domestic partners of city workers — gay and straight. "They went to reward fornicators, and they want to reward homosexuals," says minister Tom Brown, who is spearheading the effort. 

Dr. James Leininger at an Austin reception on Sept. 11th, 2009
Dr. James Leininger at an Austin reception on Sept. 11th, 2009

Who is James Leininger?

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This weekend, the San Antonio physician and prolific donor to conservative candidates and causes hosts a Hill Country gathering for Gov. Rick Perry and some of his evangelical supporters. Who is Leininger? Here's a primer.

Governor Rick Perry shakes hands with patrons at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo upon his arrival in Iowa on August 14, 2011
Governor Rick Perry shakes hands with patrons at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo upon his arrival in Iowa on August 14, 2011

Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision

With his lengthy record as governor under intense new scrutiny now that he has entered the presidential race, Rick Perry is seeking to defuse the controversy around one of his most controversial decisions: his 2007 executive order requiring all girls to be vaccinated against HPV, the principal cause of cervical cancer. 

House Speaker Joe Straus, left, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at a post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus, left, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at a post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.

Facing Criticism, Perry Steps Back on Gay Marriage, States' Rights

Gov. Rick Perry, taking flak from social conservatives, took a step back from his laissez-faire approach to New York’s gay marriage law on Thursday. Instead of being "fine" with other states doing it, he says those moves threaten the definition of marriage everywhere, including Texas.

July 27th,perry 2011
July 27th,perry 2011

Perry Says Default Fears Are Overblown

Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday he isn’t worried that a failure to increase the nation’s borrowing authority would trigger an economic catastrophe. He also waded again into the contentious debate over states' rights and hot-button social issues, saying he would support allowing states to determine whether abortion is illegal — or legal.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of May 23, 2011

Root profiles conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, Aaronson on the Senate's flare-up over an airport groping ban, Grissom on some twisted logic in the state's same-sex marriage laws, Murphy and Macrander expand and refresh our public employee salary database, yours truly with the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll results on politicsissuesthe state's finances, and race, Ramshaw's report on how some of the governor's former aides now represent clients who want more money in the state budget, M. Smith on last-minute efforts to save education legislation that didn't make it through the process, Tan reports on efforts to finish the state budget before the session ends on Monday, and Dehn with the video week in review: The best of our best from May 9 to 13, 2011.

Immigration, Economy Top Concerns in UT/TT Poll

The most important problems facing the country are economic, while immigration and border security are the most important problems facing the state, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. And while they remain decidedly conservative, 61 percent of Texans say gay and lesbian relationships deserve some form of official recognition.

AG Abbott Declines Gay Marriage Opinion Request

In a letter formally declining El Paso County's request for an opinion on transgender marriages in Texas, Attorney Greg Abbott's office said it would not opine on the issue because a case currently in court could clear up the question.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of May 10, 2010

Grissom on the transgender marriage conundrum, Hu on the workers' comp whistleblowers, M. Smith on the Texas GOP's brush with debt, Garcia-Ditta on why student regents should vote, Aguilar on the tripling of the number of visas given by the feds to undocumented crime victims, Hamilton on the paltry number of state universities with graduation rates above 50 percent, Ramshaw and Stiles on the high percentage of Texas doctors trained in another country, Ramsey and Stiles on congressmen giving to congressmen, Galbraith on how prepared Texas is (very) for a BP-like oil spill, and my conversation with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst: The best of our best from May 10 to 14, 2010.

Some Gay Marriages Legal in Texas

In Texas law, marriage and gender are a simple affair: Born a man, always a man, never marry another man. Same for a woman. But sexual identity and love in the modern world are rarely so black and white. So what's the state to do when a woman who was born a man wants to marry another woman? It’s a conundrum that dismays social conservatives, confounds county clerks and has advocates for gay and transgender rights calling for clarification. But for all the handwringing by politicians and advocates of all stripes, the saga of two women who married legally last week is infinitely more complicated and agonizing.