Two same-sex couples from Texas are waiting for a decision on a temporary injunction filed in federal court against the Texas laws that ban same-sex marriage. The case in Texas is just one part of seven cases in other states with the goal of having the U.S. Supreme Court resolve the issue.
The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday regarding two separate cases where same-sex couples ask a lower district court for a divorce.
The couples were married in another state and now want to dissolve that marriage through a divorce here in Texas. What the court will have to decide is whether lower district courts can grant a divorce to same-sex couples without violating the Texas Constitution.
The Texas 5th Court of Appeals held that Texas residents may not file for divorce if they were married out of state and are of the same gender.
A gay couple from Plano has filed a lawsuit against the Family Code statute in the Texas Constitution, which prohibits same-sex marriages.
Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes decided they would celebrate their 16th anniversary of being a couple by filing for a marriage license at the Bexar County clerk’s office. The two men first met in San Antonio while Holmes was serving in the Air Force.
They were turned away, but Phariss said he knew that would happen.
The backlash from the non-discrimination ordinance continues to play out here in San Antonio. While anti-NDO advocates were unable to force a citywide vote for the policy -- failing to garner even half the required signatures -- recall efforts for the mayor and several council members who voted for the policy continue.
In response to the decision of several state National Guard posts to not process federal benefits for same-sex military couples, the ACLU has started a petition that already has thousands of signatures online.
Once they have enough signatures, they plan to submit the petition to the Department of Defense in hopes that the DOD will take action against the Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas National Guards for their inaction on same-sex benefits.
With Attorney General Greg Abbott now advising the Texas National Guard about the legal side of their refusal to process federal same-sex couple benefits, a group of House Democrats are urging Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the head of the Texas National Guard, to rescind his decision and start processing the benefits.
But the issue is more complex than you might imagine.