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 ...

Analysis: Anti-Regulation Party in Texas Has a Strong Taste for Rules

An anti-abortion protester demonstrated outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27, 2016, before the court struck down two key provisions of a Texas abortion law.
An anti-abortion protester demonstrated outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27, 2016, before the court struck down two key provisions of a Texas abortion law.

Monday's Supreme Court ruling against two key provisions of the state's anti-abortion law was the latest setback for a band of Republicans who abhor regulatory constraints on business but who regularly try to control the behavior of individuals in Texas. 

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.

A Year Later, Gay Marriage Debate Shifts in Texas

Hundreds of gay couples across Texas are reaching their one-year wedding anniversaries, but resistance to same-sex marriage hasnt gone away, its just changed focus.

Sarah Goodfriend, second from left, and Suzanne Bryant, center, with their daughters (far left and far right) and Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, second from right. DeBeauvoir issued Goodfriend and Bryant a marriage license on Feb. 19, 2015.
Sarah Goodfriend, second from left, and Suzanne Bryant, center, with their daughters (far left and far right) and Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, second from right. DeBeauvoir issued Goodfriend and Bryant a marriage license on Feb. 19, 2015.

Court Tosses Challenge to Couple's Same-Sex Marriage License

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out Attorney General Ken Paxton’s effort to undo the union of the first gay couple to legally wed in Texas.

Revisit Our God & Governing Series

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers frequently used their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Take a look back at "God & Governing," our documentary-style series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating. 

Sen Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, listens to testimony on the affirmation of First Amendment liberty protections in Texas from invited witnesses on Feb. 17, 2016.
Sen Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, listens to testimony on the affirmation of First Amendment liberty protections in Texas from invited witnesses on Feb. 17, 2016.

Senate Republicans Zero in on Religious Freedom Bills

The next Texas legislative session is almost a year away, but Senate Republicans are already zeroing in on proposals to bolster legal protections for religious opponents of same-sex marriage.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker after the Houston Unites election watch party for Proposition 1 on Nov. 3, 2015. Parker, who supported the proposition, said after voters rejected it: “Unfortunately, I fear that this will have stained Houston’s reputation as a tolerant, welcoming, global city."
Houston Mayor Annise Parker after the Houston Unites election watch party for Proposition 1 on Nov. 3, 2015. Parker, who supported the proposition, said after voters rejected it: “Unfortunately, I fear that this will have stained Houston’s reputation as a tolerant, welcoming, global city."

Bathroom Fears Flush Houston Discrimination Ordinance

Houston voters resoundingly rejected the city's anti-discrimination ordinance after being told it would allow men to legally enter women's bathrooms.

Prop 1 signs posted along the Adaptive Sports and Recreation facility on West Grey in Houston, TX for the November 2015 election. 
Photo by: Shelby Knowles
Prop 1 signs posted along the Adaptive Sports and Recreation facility on West Grey in Houston, TX for the November 2015 election. Photo by: Shelby Knowles

Houston Ordinance Vote is Test for LGBT Advocates

After months of heated campaigning, Houston voters will have the final word next week on an embattled nondiscrimination ordinance, a big test for Texas gay rights activists.

God & Governing: Revisit the Project

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers frequently used their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Take a look back at "God & Governing," our documentary-style series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015

State to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Obtain Amended Death Certificates

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was facing possible contempt of court charges, vowed on Monday that the state would revise its policies in the next week to allow same-sex couples to obtain amended death certificates.

 

Pamela Holwerds holds up her marriage license following the ceremony that married over 40 same-sex couples on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol in Austin on July 4, 2015.
Pamela Holwerds holds up her marriage license following the ceremony that married over 40 same-sex couples on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol in Austin on July 4, 2015.

Judge: Texas Must Name Gay Spouse on Death Certificate

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Texas must recognize the same-sex marriage of a Conroe resident by naming him as the surviving spouse on his late husband's death certificate. The judge also ordered Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to appear in court.

Pamela Holwerds holds up her marriage license following the ceremony that married over 40 same-sex couples on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol in Austin on July 4, 2015.
Pamela Holwerds holds up her marriage license following the ceremony that married over 40 same-sex couples on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol in Austin on July 4, 2015.

Rusk County Clerk Resigns Over Gay Marriage Ruling

The Rusk County Commissioners Court on Monday formally accepted the resignation of County Clerk Joyce Lewis-Kugle, apparently the first Texas elected official to quit office rather than abide by the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage.

Tavanya Wright, left, and Amber Gregg will be married at the Terrace Club in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Tavanya Wright, left, and Amber Gregg will be married at the Terrace Club in Dripping Springs, Texas.

Texas' New Wedding Capital Greets Gay Couples

When Tavanya Wright and Amber Gregg got engaged, they weren't expecting to be able to get legally married in Texas. Now, their ceremony in the newly named wedding capital of Texas will be recognized by the state.

Holdouts on Gay Marriage Could Face Lawsuits

With most Texas counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, legal experts and gay rights activists say it may take individual lawsuits to compel the handful of county clerks still refusing to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. 

Dr. Sid Hall, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church wears a rainbow pin on his lapel during HRS press conference at Texas Capitol June 29, 2015
Dr. Sid Hall, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church wears a rainbow pin on his lapel during HRS press conference at Texas Capitol June 29, 2015

Lawyers Prep to Defend Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage

With Republican leaders vowing to protect the religious freedom of government officials who refuse to recognize same-sex marriages, here's a look at the legal arguments conservative attorneys plan to use to defend those officials in court. 

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.

Few Options for Gay Couples in State Marriage Classes

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.