same-sex marriage http://kut.org en Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Keep Up Their Winning Streak http://kut.org/post/same-sex-marriage-supporters-keep-their-winning-streak Same-sex marriage supporters continued to enjoy considerable legal momentum this week.<p>With officials in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/20/280260080/oregon-wont-defend-states-ban-on-gay-marriage" target="_blank">Oregon</a> and <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2014/05/21/Corbett-won-t-appeal-ruling-to-allow-same-sex-marriage/stories/201405210178" target="_blank">Pennsylvania</a> deciding not to challenge court decisions overturning bans on gay marriage, they became the 18th and 19th states where same-sex couples can be granted legal recognition.<p Sat, 24 May 2014 17:25:49 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 10490 at http://kut.org Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Keep Up Their Winning Streak Texas' First Gay Basketball League Provides a Safe Place to Play http://kut.org/post/texas-first-gay-basketball-league-provides-safe-place-play <p>Last May, Jason Collins – a 12-year veteran of the NBA – made history when he penned an editorial in Sport Illustrated revealing he was gay. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," he wrote. "But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."</p><p>The issue of homosexuality in sports has certainly become a topic of discussion, from the politics of the&nbsp;Sochi&nbsp;Olympics to NFL hopeful Michael Sam <a href="http://kut.org/post/openly-gay-nfl-prospect-michael-sam-texas-native">coming out as gay</a>. But many athletes feel there is still a long way to go before gay players are fully welcomed into sports.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136561190&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:59:59 +0000 David Brown 9839 at http://kut.org Texas' First Gay Basketball League Provides a Safe Place to Play 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 What's Next For Texas After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling? http://kut.org/post/whats-next-texas-after-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p>Now that <a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-same-sex-marriage-ban-unconstitutional">a federal judge has found</a> Texas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the state is appealing the ruling to a higher court.&nbsp;</p><p>So what does this mean for the plaintiffs and the state?</p><p>In <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1030076-same-sex-ruling.html">his ruling</a>, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia&nbsp;wrote that even though states can regulate marriage, "Texas’ prohibition on same-sex marriage conflicts with the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137042901&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:36:15 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9861 at http://kut.org What's Next For Texas After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling? 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 Same-Sex Marriage Supporters in Texas Await Federal Judge's Decision http://kut.org/post/same-sex-marriage-supporters-texas-await-federal-judges-decision <p>A U.S. district judge is slated to rule soon on a case challenging Texas’ constitutional ban of same-sex marriages. The judge heard arguments Wednesday in a federal court in San Antonio.&nbsp;</p><p>The plaintiffs in the case are two same-sex couples – one lives in the Austin area and another near Dallas. They’re asking for a preliminary injunction on Texas’s law. But even if U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, &nbsp;a Clinton appointee, finds the state ban unconstitutional, plaintiffs' attorneys don’t expect that we’ll see the long lines of gay couples waiting to get married&nbsp;–&nbsp;like we did after a recent decision in Utah.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134505559&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:35:59 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9774 at http://kut.org Same-Sex Marriage Supporters in Texas Await Federal Judge's Decision 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 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 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 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 Five Legal Documents Same-Sex Couples Need in Texas http://kut.org/post/five-legal-documents-same-sex-couples-need-texas <p>A&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">recent&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/lon.watts.90/posts/167898633375920" style="line-height: 1.5;">story of a North Texas man</a>&nbsp;that took social media by storm has<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;unique legal issues for same-sex couples across Texas.</span></p><p>Lon Watts says he was forced to move from his home of 12 years, and was banned from caring for his partner who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, after a legal battle with his partner’s family.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:29:54 +0000 Andres Araiza 8366 at http://kut.org Five Legal Documents Same-Sex Couples Need in Texas How This Week's 3 Big Supreme Court Decisions Affect Texas http://kut.org/post/how-weeks-3-big-supreme-court-decisions-affect-texas <p>This week was a busy one for the U.S. Supreme Court. It ruled on cases involving three major issues: affirmative action, same sex marriage and voting rights.&nbsp;</p><p>All three of these cases have national implications, but they also mean changes for Texans, too.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kate McGee 8254 at http://kut.org How This Week's 3 Big Supreme Court Decisions Affect Texas Day 1 Didn't Tell Us Too Much About Day 2 Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases http://kut.org/post/day-1-didnt-tell-us-too-much-about-day-2-same-sex-marriage-cases As we wait for the Supreme Court to convene again at 10 a.m. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:56:22 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7098 at http://kut.org Day 1 Didn't Tell Us Too Much About Day 2 Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases Faith and Family Day at Texas Capitol http://kut.org/post/faith-and-family-day-texas-capitol <p>As the <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov">U.S. Supreme Court</a> heard arguments today over same sex marriage, it was <a href="http://texasfaithandfamily.com">Family and Faith Day</a> on the Texas Capitol grounds.</p><p>State officials, including Governor Rick Perry, joined hundreds of people who support what they call “Texas values.”</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:46:54 +0000 KUT Staff 7096 at http://kut.org Faith and Family Day at Texas Capitol 'Faith and Family,' 'Light the Way to Justice' Rallies at Capitol http://kut.org/post/faith-and-family-light-way-justice-rallies-capitol <p>As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today over same-sex marriage, here in Austin, people on both sides of the issues surrounding the cases will gather at the Capitol.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Rick Perry is expected to be the featured speaker at the "<a href="http://texasfaithandfamily.com" target="_blank">Faith and Family</a>"&nbsp;rally in support of so-called "traditional values."</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:54:56 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Filipa Rodrigues 7085 at http://kut.org 'Faith and Family,' 'Light the Way to Justice' Rallies at Capitol Shift In Gay Marriage Support Mirrors A Changing America http://kut.org/post/shift-gay-marriage-support-mirrors-changing-america When Ohio Republican Sen. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:18:09 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 7067 at http://kut.org Shift In Gay Marriage Support Mirrors A Changing America Equality Texas Lobbies Lawmakers at Capitol http://kut.org/post/equality-texas-lobbies-lawmakers-capitol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members and supports of </span><a href="http://www.equalitytexas.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Equality Texas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a lobbying group that advocates for </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rights in Texas, are spending their Monday lobbying at the state Capitol.</span></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:35:44 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6908 at http://kut.org Equality Texas Lobbies Lawmakers at Capitol