Gay Marriage http://kut.org en Travis County's Clerk is Confident Gay Couples Will Marry Soon in Texas http://kut.org/post/travis-countys-clerk-confident-gay-couples-will-marry-soon-texas <p>The ruling this week calling <a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-same-sex-marriage-ban-unconstitutional">Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional</a> prompted plenty of reaction from politicos.</p><p>One of the lesser-known politicians to sound off: Dana DeBeauvoir. As <a href="http://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=Home">Travis County Clerk</a>, she's decidedly downballot of the state's top races. But DeBeauvoir is also uniquely affected by the decision, since the county clerk's office is responsible for issuing marriage licenses in Austin and Travis County.</p><p>When the ruling was announced, DeBeauvoir offered a ringing endorsement:</p><blockquote><p>“Because of the stay order in the ruling, the County Clerk cannot issue marriage licenses to gay couples at this time. This is a joyous day, but we will have to wait a little longer to actually deliver the justice and equal rights gay couples so deserve.”&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:50:44 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9871 at http://kut.org Travis County's Clerk is Confident Gay Couples Will Marry Soon in Texas Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional http://kut.org/post/texas-same-sex-marriage-ban-unconstitutional <p>A federal judge in San Antonio has declared the Texas&nbsp;ban on same-sex marriage in violation of the U.S. Constitution.</p><p>Today, Judge Orlando Garcia granted a motion for a preliminary injunction enjoining the state of Texas from enforcing the ban.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">However, the ruling is on hold until Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appeals the decision to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Update: Travis Co. Clerk Says It's 'A Joyous Day'</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, whose office issues marriage licenses, is fielding questions on what today's ruling means for gay couples wanting to marry. Although the ruling finds Texas' same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, the decision is on hold pending appeal. &nbsp;</span></p><p>DeBeauvoir released a written statement this afternoon lauding the decision: “Because of the stay order in the ruling, the County Clerk cannot issue marriage licenses to gay couples at this time. This is a joyous day, but we will have to wait a little longer to actually deliver the justice and equal rights gay couples so deserve.”&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136946482&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update: Wendy Davis 'Pleased' With Ruling</strong></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is "pleased" with today's ruling.</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:55:03 +0000 KUT Staff 9854 at http://kut.org Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional 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 Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples http://kut.org/post/holder-orders-equal-treatment-married-same-sex-couples Attorney General Eric Holder has for the first time directed Justice Department employees to give same-sex married couples "full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent under the law," a move with far-ranging consequences for how such couples are treated in federal courtrooms and proceedings.<p>The directive specifies that such couples can decline to give testimony in U.S. cases that might incriminate a spouse, known in the law as marital privilege. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 00:54:54 +0000 Carrie Johnson, NPR & Carrie Johnson, NPR 9743 at http://kut.org Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples New Mexico's High Court OKs Same-Sex Marriage http://kut.org/post/new-mexicos-high-court-oks-same-sex-marriage New Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that same-sex marriage is legal, validating initiatives in several counties allowing the practice in the absence of a specific state law.<p>The ruling on Thursday means that New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.<p>The Associated Press says:<p><blockquote><p>"Eight of the state's 33 counties started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August, when a county clerk in southern New Mexico independently decided to allow the unions. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:01:10 +0000 Scott Neuman 9412 at http://kut.org New Mexico's High Court OKs Same-Sex Marriage How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History http://kut.org/post/how-2013-became-greatest-year-gay-rights-history Any day now, the New Mexico Supreme Court may grant same-sex couples the right to get married.<p>At this point, such a ruling may not seem like such a big deal. Prior to last year's elections, gays and lesbians had a civil right to marry in only six states. Now, they have it in 16.<p>"This year represented the true tipping point," says Eric Marcus, author of <em>Making Gay History</em>. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:18:52 +0000 9301 at http://kut.org How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History Texas Supreme Court Weighs Same-Sex Divorce Cases http://kut.org/post/texas-supreme-court-weighs-same-sex-divorce-cases <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two same-sex divorce cases are now in the hands of the nine Texas Supreme Court justices to decide.&nbsp;Today they heard oral arguments on whether Texas </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">can grant these couples a divorce.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In 2005, a majority of Texans voted to ban gay marriage. But now, the Texas Supreme Court must decide whether litigation involving two gay couples who wed in Massachusetts – one based in Austin, the other in Dallas – can get divorced in Texas.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/118739384" width="100%"></iframe><br /> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:25:45 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8536 at http://kut.org Texas Supreme Court Weighs Same-Sex Divorce Cases Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://kut.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:41:45 +0000 Larry Abramson 9077 at http://kut.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples George H.W. Bush Is Witness At Same-Sex Wedding Of Friends http://kut.org/post/george-hw-bush-witness-same-sex-wedding-friends Former President George H.W. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:08:49 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8799 at http://kut.org George H.W. Bush Is Witness At Same-Sex Wedding Of Friends Texas National Guard Won't Process Benefits for Same-Sex Couples (Update) http://kut.org/post/texas-national-guard-wont-process-benefits-same-sex-couples-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Sixteen Democratic state lawmakers have signed a letter asking the head of Texas Military Forces to process benefits claims for same-sex spouses.</p><p>“We call on you to respect Texas’ military families, to reconsider your position, and to follow the lead of virtually every other Adjutant General for the National Guard of the United States by, without further delay, enrolling all eligible spouses of National Guard service members at facilities operated by Texas Military Force,” the letter reads.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8599 at http://kut.org Texas National Guard Won't Process Benefits for Same-Sex Couples (Update) San Antonio Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance http://kut.org/post/san-antonio-passes-lgbt-non-discrimination-ordinance <p>A citywide debate over whether lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals should be included in San Antonio’s non-discrimination policy came to a fiery end on Thursday.</p><p>Before a crowd of hundreds at City Hall, the San Antonio City Council adopted an ordinance aimed at preventing discrimination against people because of sexual orientation and gender identity.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:47:47 +0000 Jody Serrano 8614 at http://kut.org San Antonio Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance DOMA Struck Down: What’s Next for Same-Sex Couples in Texas? http://kut.org/post/doma-struck-down-what-s-next-same-sex-couples-texas <p><strong>Update: </strong>The U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on two same-sex marriage cases today means those unions will now be recognized by the federal government. In separate cases, the court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and the state of California can now resume efforts to legalize same sex marriage.</p><p>But neither of these rulings will directly affect Texas residents.&nbsp;</p><p>“The ruling today was limited in the sense it didn’t extend to strike down defense of marriage acts that exist on state level," says Chuck Smith, executive director of <a href="http://www.equalitytexas.org/">Equality Texas</a>.</p><p></p><p>Texas’ own<a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/priorities/families/stronger_families/defense_of_marriage_act/"> Defense Against Marriage Act </a>will remain on the books. Gov. Rick Perry signed the law in 2003. &nbsp;In 2005, the state legislature also passed a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. If that amendment were repealed, it would need two-thirds approval by the state House and Senate. It would then go to voters for final approval.&nbsp;</p><p>Same sex marriage is legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:31:00 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Kate McGee 8217 at http://kut.org DOMA Struck Down: What’s Next for Same-Sex Couples in Texas? No Decisions Yet On The Most-Anticipated Supreme Court Cases http://kut.org/post/no-decisions-yet-most-anticipated-supreme-court-cases There's no big news again today from the U.S. Supreme Court — which is sort-of big news in itself because it means we're still waiting for the justices' decisions on these major cases:<p>-- <em>Fisher v. University of Texas</em>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/10/10/162567137/justices-return-to-affirmative-action-in-higher-ed" target="_blank">a key test of affirmative action in higher education</a>.<p>-- <em>Shelby County v. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:21:41 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8057 at http://kut.org No Decisions Yet On The Most-Anticipated Supreme Court Cases Votes May Be There To Strike Down DOMA, But There's A Big 'If' http://kut.org/post/happening-now-day-2-gay-marriage-cases-supreme-court <em>(We most recently updated the top of this post at 1:45 p.m. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:33:09 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7105 at http://kut.org Votes May Be There To Strike Down DOMA, But There's A Big 'If' Photos: Austin Rallies For and Against Gay Marriage Promote Same Goal - Family http://kut.org/post/photos-austin-rallies-and-against-gay-marriage-promote-same-goal-family <p>The U.S. Supreme Court&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/happening-now-supreme-court-hears-1st-2-gay-marriage-cases">continues its examination of same-sex marriage</a>&nbsp;today, taking up arguments in one part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.</p><p>Yesterday, as the court took a look at Proposition 8 – the constitutional ban on gay marriage in California– two rallies hit the Texas State Capitol: one to promote traditional values and another to support same-sex marriage.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:49:24 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Filipa Rodrigues 7101 at http://kut.org Photos: Austin Rallies For and Against Gay Marriage Promote Same Goal - Family