Courtesy Eric Alva

As the first Marine injured in the Iraq war, Eric Alva fought for American freedoms. As a gay veteran, he fought to abolish ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’—after enduring the discriminatory policy for years.

A recent ruling by the 5th circuit court of appeals ruled that under Texas election law, churches could participate and coordinate in recall elections.

Despite a recent loss in Houston over the city's embattled anti-discrimination ordinance, gay rights activists across the state can still claim successes in enacting protections elsewhere. There are now 10 Texas cities with populations of more than 100,000 that have some rules or legislation in place to protect residents or city employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ryan E. Poppe

State lawmakers will hear testimony Wednesday on a controversial bill aimed at limiting the type of ordinances and rules that city councils can pass. Opponents argue that the bill calls “what constitutes local control and limited government” into question.

City of San Antonio

The city of San Antonio is seeking an opinion from the Texas attorney general's office on whether it must release sensitive audio files under the Public Information Act. The city contends that some of the documents relating to San Antonio’s first non-discrimination ordinance complaint are confidential.