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On Wednesday, a lawyer for an Austin-based couple, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, filed a petition with Travis County District Judge David Wahlberg, asking that he restrain the Travis County Clerk’s Office from implementing current state law with regard to same-sex marriage in their case.

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The newest face in the Texas House will be former San Antonio City Councilmember Diego Bernal, after he won District 123 in a special run-off election Tuesday night. Bernal will replace outgoing Rep. Mike Villarreal.

Democrat Bernal had 64 percent of the vote over Republican Nunzio Previtera, and should be comfortable with being the face of the district he represented on the San Antonio City Council. While how and when the transition to the Capitol will take place is not set in stone, he’s got a plan for once he’s in.

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas’ Republican leaders are confident they will win an overall lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The presidential order shields about 4 million people, in the country illegally, from deportation.

Brownsville Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled this week that without a temporary injunction, “the genie would be impossible to put back in the bottle.” He stated that the president had overstepped his authority, and violated the U.S. Administrative Procedures Act.

Ryan E. Poppe

The Texas Attorney General is digging in for a fight against a Travis County judge’s order, which calls the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The future of same-sex marriage in the state is now in the hands of the Texas Supreme Court.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman called Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Tuesday. The ruling was part of an estate dispute being fought between an Austin woman and the family of her deceased partner.

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A bitter battle between two state representatives and friends ended last night, with José Menéndez upsetting Trey Martinez Fischer, to win the Texas Senate seat long held by Leticia Van de Putte.