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Tens of thousands participate in Texas women's marches

Women and supporters gather at the Texas Capitol for the Women's March on Austin on Jan. 21, 2017.
Women and supporters gather at the Texas Capitol for the Women's March on Austin on Jan. 21, 2017.

The day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Texans took part in marches across the state Saturday during Texas’ multiple iterations of the Women’s March on Washington.

Travis County sheriff announces new "sanctuary" policy

Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez is running for Travis County sheriff as a Democrat vowing to "get ICE out of Austin," meaning the local jail will no longer cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, making Austin the first true "sanctuary city" in the state.
Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez is running for Travis County sheriff as a Democrat vowing to "get ICE out of Austin," meaning the local jail will no longer cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, making Austin the first true "sanctuary city" in the state.

A Friday announcement by newly-elected Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez that her office would reduce cooperation with federal immigration authorities will set up a showdown with Texas Republican leaders, especially Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

After GOP appeal, Texas Supreme Court agrees to take up same-sex marriage case

Couples embrace at the conclusion of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol on July 4 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June.
Couples embrace at the conclusion of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol on July 4 after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June.

The Texas Supreme Court reversed course and agreed to take up a case involving benefits for married same-sex couples after Republican leaders urged the court to reconsider its earlier decision to let a lower court decision stand.

Texans celebrate Trump at Black Tie and Boots Ball

Fans and attendees watch the Lil' Wranglers of College Station, Texas, perform at the 2017 Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball, on the eve of the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, on January 19, 2017.
Fans and attendees watch the Lil' Wranglers of College Station, Texas, perform at the 2017 Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball, on the eve of the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, on January 19, 2017.

An estimated 12,000 people brought their best cowboy hats to the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball just outside the U.S. capitol on Thursday night. Many Texans there were in a celebratory mood on the eve of a Republican takeover of the White House.

Lawmakers likely to wage in-state tuition policy fight again this year

Former and current lawmakers gather at the Texas Capitol showing their support for HB 1403 which passed in 2001 ensuring that all Texas would have access to in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status.
Former and current lawmakers gather at the Texas Capitol showing their support for HB 1403 which passed in 2001 ensuring that all Texas would have access to in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status.

Will Texas legislators repeal in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants? One Republican lawmaker is determined to make it happen.

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