Austin Federal District Judge Sam Sparks surprised all parties when he decided to not force two couples who filed suit in San Antonio to join two other cases challenging Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents the San Antonio couples -- Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss -- is pleased with Sparks' decision.
A federal lawsuit against Texas’ ban of same-sex marriage advanced a step this week as federal judge in San Antonio set a court date to hear why those same laws should be placed on hold while the case awaits a trial.
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.
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.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has formally announced he will provide the Texas National Guard a legal opinion regarding the group’s decision to not process federal benefits for same-sex families.
This month sections of the Defense of Marriage Act were repealed for same-sex couples in the military and working for the federal government. The Texas National Guard cited the state Constitution as their reason for not processing these families and asked Abbott for his help on the issue.
Texas Matters: The issue with the Texas National Guard's refusal to process same-sex couple benefits raises a deciding question: Can the Texas National Guard refuse a Pentagon directive? Also on this show: The Affordable Care Act and undocumented immigrants, insurance premiums with the ACA and Bible verses on high school football banners.