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 ...

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.

Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston, listens to Attorney General Greg Abbott during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Feb. 5, 2013. What will the balance of power look like between the incoming lieutenant governor and governor?
Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston, listens to Attorney General Greg Abbott during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Feb. 5, 2013. What will the balance of power look like between the incoming lieutenant governor and governor?

AG: Domestic Partner Benefits Violate Constitution

The Texas Constitution prohibits government entities from recognizing domestic partnerships and offering those couples insurance benefits, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote in an opinion on Monday.  

 

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."

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.