same-sex marriage http://tpr.org en LGBT-Rights Groups Ask Texas Attorney General To Stop Enforcing Ban On Same-Sex Marriages http://tpr.org/post/lgbt-rights-groups-ask-texas-attorney-general-stop-enforcing-ban-same-sex-marriages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Same-sex families and gay-rights groups have filed a petition with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office, requesting requesting that they stop enforcing Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Lauren <span class="st">Zurbrügg</span>, development manager of Equality Texas, was one of those who showed up to drop off the 5,000-signature petition.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:48:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35814 at http://tpr.org Texas GOP Chairman Defends Decision On Gay Republican Groups http://tpr.org/post/texas-gop-chairman-defends-decision-gay-republican-groups <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two Republican groups that support equal rights for the LGBT community are rallying support to have the Republican Party of Texas change its official platform on same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:20:17 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32598 at http://tpr.org Texas GOP Chairman Defends Decision On Gay Republican Groups State Appellate Court Issues Stay In San Antonio Same-Sex Marriage Divorce Case http://tpr.org/post/state-appellate-court-issues-stay-san-antonio-same-sex-marriage-divorce-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A same-sex couple married in Washington, D.C., and wanting a divorce in Texas was told by a state district judge that Texas’ view on same-sex marriages, which includes divorce, is unconstitutional.</span></p><p>Allison Lesh and Kristi Lesh were married in Washington, D.C., in 2010 and then moved to Texas. Soon after, Kristi was artificially inseminated and became pregnant and a year later the couple split up and a custody battle ensued.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:04:31 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30629 at http://tpr.org Attorney In Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Looks For Signs In Utah Case http://tpr.org/post/attorney-texas-same-sex-marriage-challenge-looks-signs-utah-case <p>Late last week attorneys for same-sex couples and the State of Utah delivered oral arguments in the case challenging a Utah law that bans same-sex marriage.</p><p>Here in Texas, San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents two couples challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, watched the proceedings and said one of the turning points was a concession made by the Utah attorney general’s office.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:01:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30027 at http://tpr.org Attorney In Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Looks For Signs In Utah Case Ruling On Gay Juror May Cause Ripples In Same-Sex Marriage Cases http://tpr.org/post/ruling-gay-juror-may-cause-ripples-same-sex-marriage-cases There was a small development in a case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month that could have a major impact on the legal battle over same-sex marriage. The case involves a dispute between two pharmaceutical companies, a gay juror and the level of legal scrutiny directed by the appellate court.<p>The two big pharmaceutical companies, SmithKline Beecham and Abbott Laboratories, were in court over the marketing and pricing of some HIV drugs. A lawyer for Abbott wanted to keep one prospective juror off the jury because he is gay. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 28167 at http://tpr.org Ruling On Gay Juror May Cause Ripples In Same-Sex Marriage Cases Kentucky Won't Appeal Order To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages http://tpr.org/post/kentucky-wont-appeal-order-recognize-same-sex-marriages "Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway will not appeal a federal judge's order that the state must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages," <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-attorney-general-wont-appeal-federal-judges-out-state-same-sex-marriage-order" target="_blank">NPR member station WFPL reports</a> from Louisville.<p>"From a constitutional perspective, Judge Heyburn got it right," Conway said in announcing his decision on Tuesday, the station adds.<p>We <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/27/283508733/federal-judge-rules-kentucky-must-recognize-gay-marriages" targ Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27675 at http://tpr.org Kentucky Won't Appeal Order To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Looking Back At This Week's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In Texas http://tpr.org/post/looking-back-weeks-same-sex-marriage-ruling-texas <p><strong>Texas Matters: </strong>We<strong> </strong>recap the ruling and reaction in the case challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage and a look at the history behind the ban. Also on this show: A new UT/Texas Tribune poll shows how the state is changing. What do outsiders think of Texas politics? Groups push Gov. Perry to regulate stun guns in schools. And how the cold is affecting sea turtles on Padre Island.</p><p><strong>Ruling comes down in Texas same-sex marriage case</strong></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:26:08 +0000 David Martin Davies 27516 at http://tpr.org Looking Back At This Week's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In Texas Abbott Appeals Federal Same-Sex Decision http://tpr.org/post/abbott-appeals-federal-same-sex-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed the paperwork for an appeal of this week’s federal ruling that labeled Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Abbott said ultimately the Supreme Court will have to decide the issue.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:54:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 27482 at http://tpr.org Abbott Appeals Federal Same-Sex Decision Greg Abbott Went To Law School With A Plaintiff In Gay Marriage Suit He’s Fighting http://tpr.org/post/greg-abbott-went-law-school-plaintiff-gay-marriage-suit-he-s-fighting What does Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott have in common with Mark Phariss, one of the plaintiffs who sued the state to challenge its gay marriage ban?<p>They were law school classmates. They knew each other. Phariss tells KERA they were good friends.<p>And now the attorney general and Phariss, an attorney who lives in Plano with his long-time partner, are on opposite sides of<a href="http://keranews.org/post/federal-judge-overturns-texas-gay-marriage-ban-declaring-it-unconstitutional"> Texas’ brewing battle over gay marriage.</a><p>Phariss told KERA Thursday morning that during law school at Vanderbilt, he discussed politics over dinner with Abbott and his wife. Phariss is a Democrat, Abbott a Republican.<p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:08:56 +0000 Shelley Kofler 27480 at http://tpr.org Greg Abbott Went To Law School With A Plaintiff In Gay Marriage Suit He’s Fighting Advocates Across Texas Applaud Same-Sex Marriage Decision http://tpr.org/post/advocates-across-texas-applaud-same-sex-marriage-decision <p>Following Federal Judge Orlando Garcia's ruling that Texas' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a group of gay rights activists took to the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse to celebrate the invalidation of the law.</p><p>The cold and the rainy weather did not discourage at least thirty supporters of the decision. The ruling does not immediately allow for same-sex marriages to take place, but Trisha Stuart, a participant in the rally, said it’s a step forward.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:01:14 +0000 Joey Palacios & Ryan Poppe 27472 at http://tpr.org Advocates Across Texas Applaud Same-Sex Marriage Decision