Ryan Poppe http://kut.org en Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South http://kut.org/post/rep-castro-and-former-bush-press-secretary-back-same-sex-marriage-push-across-south <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><p>Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.<p>Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.<p>"The concept Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:18:20 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9846 at http://kut.org Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes http://kut.org/post/study-shows-texans-support-changing-how-state-punishes-drug-crimes <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses.</span> The <a href="http://www.texaspolicy.com/" target="_blank">Texas Public Policy Foundation</a>’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.&#160;&#160;<p>Marc Levin, the director for the Center for Effective Justice, said their study shows 84 percent of Texans support sending this group of people to drug rehab vs. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:19:06 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9340 at http://kut.org Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes Same-Sex Couples Await Federal Judge's Injunction Decision On Texas Marriage Laws http://kut.org/post/same-sex-couples-await-federal-judges-injunction-decision-texas-marriage-laws <span style="line-height: 1.5;">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. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he 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.</span><p>"State after state is now recognizing the right of people to enter into same-sex marriage and that is the undeniable arc of civil rights in this country," said San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents the two couples. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:43:30 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9303 at http://kut.org Same-Sex Couples Await Federal Judge's Injunction Decision On Texas Marriage Laws Van De Putte And House Dems See National Guard Refusal In Opposite Ways http://kut.org/post/van-de-putte-and-house-dems-see-national-guard-refusal-opposite-ways <span style="line-height: 1.5;">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 </span>Maj. Gen. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:11:08 +0000 Ryan Poppe 8645 at http://kut.org Van De Putte And House Dems See National Guard Refusal In Opposite Ways