same-sex marriage

Ryan E. Poppe

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The possibility of Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton being held in contempt of court for impeding gay rights diminished Monday after a lawyer said the state agreed to update vital records policies for same-sex couples.

Word of a resolution came only hours after Paxton told U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia — who had ordered Paxton to appear before him later this week — that no "high-ranking government official" should be compelled to personally show up in court barring extraordinary circumstances.

From Texas Standard.

The Texas Legislature officially named Dripping Springs the “Wedding Capital of Texas” this spring. Chances are good that when Texas lawmakers cast their votes for the designation they probably weren’t contemplating the Supreme Court docket. So how is the big wedding industry in the small city of Dripping Springs adjusting?

Kim Hanks owns Whim Hospitality and the wedding venue Camp Lucy. She’s been serving couples in the area for more than a decade.

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On Fronteras this week:

·        Same-sex marriage is the law of the land but in Texas some county officials are resisting

·        A civil rights expert and legal scholar says efforts to slow implementation of Supreme Court rulings is nothing new.  He puts the same-sex marriage ruling into historical context.

·        Congressional Democrats are raising questions about detention centers holding women and children.

·        Tijuana residents are asking the government to save an old river habitat threatened by development.

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The Supreme Court ruling that lifted state bans on gay marriage prompted a wave of same-sex couples at county offices.  They wanted to get their marriage licenses so they could finally tie the knot.

But in 61 Texas counties, clerks and judges refused to issue licenses. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told them its public officials can refuse to issue the licenses if they oppose same-sex marriage for religious reasons.

One civil rights expert at the St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio says opposition to Supreme Court rulings is nothing new.

Ryan E. Poppe

The Employees Retirement System of Texas has announced that beginning this month, employee spouses would be entitled to all employment benefits including health coverage and spousal retirement benefits.  According to the agency’s website, that applies to all state agencies and to those who have retired from the state.  It also applies to the employees of state colleges and universities.

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