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On Wednesday, a lawyer for an Austin-based couple, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, filed a petition with Travis County District Judge David Wahlberg, asking that he restrain the Travis County Clerk’s Office from implementing current state law with regard to same-sex marriage in their case.


AUSTIN — Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, in his first State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, asked lawmakers to approve legal funding for military veterans. He also said that laws making it a criminal offense to skip school are not working and need to be reformed.

Ryan E. Poppe

The Texas Attorney General is digging in for a fight against a Travis County judge’s order, which calls the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The future of same-sex marriage in the state is now in the hands of the Texas Supreme Court.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman called Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Tuesday. The ruling was part of an estate dispute being fought between an Austin woman and the family of her deceased partner.

Texas Supreme Court To Hear Public School Finance Case

Jan 23, 2015
Houston ISD

AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear the state’s gargantuan, multiyear school finance case — and set a timetable that ensures there won’t be a decision until after the legislative session ends in June.

Austin-based District Judge John Dietz had ruled last year and in 2013 that the way the state pays for public schools was unconstitutional, saying funding levels were inadequate and unfairly distributed around the state. The attorney general’s office has appealed to Texas’ highest civil court of appeals.

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Texas Matters: Groups and politicians from across the state are all having their say in yesterday's ruling in the Texas school finance case. We hear from a MALDEF attorney, a conservative policy analyst and two legislators on the Senate Committee on Education.

Big issue, big decision

School districts throughout the state are applauding a court ruling that may eventually lead to an overhaul of the way Texas pays for schools.