same-sex marriage

Same-Sex Marriage
9:43 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Await Federal Judge's Injunction Decision On Texas Marriage Laws

Mark Phariss (red hair) and his partner Vic Holmes, two of the main plaintiffs in the Texas.
Courtesy photo

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.

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Government
11:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

State Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Same-Sex Couples Filing For Divorce In Texas

Current bench sitting on the Texas Supreme Court.
State of Texas

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.

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Texas
12:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Gay Couple Filing Suit Against Texas’ Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Say It's Not A Longshot

Bexar County Courthouse.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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Same-Sex Benefits
9:36 am
Tue September 17, 2013

ACLU Petition Seeking DOD Action In National Guard Benefit Refusals

Parade grounds at Camp Mabry, Austin.
Flickr user Eric Frierson (utheadache) cc

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.

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The Source - September 10, 2013
1:18 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

The Source: San Antonio Goes Orange | Texas National Guard Says "No" | Accidental Diplomacy In Syria

San Antonio Food Bank

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September is National Hunger Action Month and campaigns to raise awareness on hunger in America are going on across the country.  

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Same-Sex Benefits
9:40 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Van De Putte And House Dems See National Guard Refusal In Opposite Ways

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte says she understands Gen. Nichols' reasons for approaching the matter with caution.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

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.

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Same-Sex Benefits
1:40 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Texas National Guard Getting Legal Help From Abbott

Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

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.

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Texas Matters
3:43 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Battle Brewing Between Texas National Guard & Pentagon Over Same-Sex Partner Benefits

Parade grounds at Camp Mabry, Austin.
Flickr user Eric Frierson (utheadache) cc

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.

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Same-Sex Benefits
12:35 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Same-Sex Military Couple Denied Federal Benefits By Texas National Guard

Parade grounds at Camp Mabry, Austin.
Flickr user Eric Frierson (utheadache) cc

This week the U.S. Supreme Court’s repeal of sections of the Defense Of Marriage Act kicked in for same-sex federal employees and military personnel, which allows gay and lesbian couples to register for federal benefits.

So Austin attorney Alicia Butler and her wife, who is an Army nurse that served during the Iraq War, set out to register at the Army National Guard post at Camp Mabry.

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Texas Supreme Court
3:25 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Divorce Cases Taking Same-Sex Marriage Issue To Texas Supreme Court

Texas Supreme Court justices, 2012.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court has decided it will take a look at two separate divorce cases from 2010 that involve same-sex couples who were legally married in another state.

One of the cases, which took place in Travis County, ended with a judge agreeing to settle the couple’s divorce, but a different judge refused to hear the another case involving a couple living in Dallas.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened in both the cases, arguing to the court that Texas law forbids any action that recognizes same sex marriage, including divorce.

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