Gay marriage

Ted Cruz’ Gay Marriage Money

Mar 22, 2015 By R.G. Ratcliffe

As Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz launches a presidential campaign, he may have to explain how he started his political career with $260,000 in donations from gay marriage supporters.

Texas’s First Same-Sex Marriage

Feb 19, 2015 By R.G. Ratcliffe

Using a judicial side-step, two woman in Travis County have become the first couple to have a legally recognized same-sex marriage. But the Texas Supreme Court put the marriage on hold.

To Love and to Cherish

Feb 6, 2015 By Pamela Colloff

In a 5-4 ruling on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry across the country. Here is the story of two women who fought for that historic decision in Texas—and helped to make it a reality.

The Modern World

Aug 4, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Wouldn’t it be nice if Texas were to catch up to the modern world, for once? I’m addressing the issue of same-sex marriage here. What’s the use of fighting for a policy that without question violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws? In fairness to Greg…

Gay Marriage and the Governor’s Race

Feb 26, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Here is part of the text of the ruling issued by federal district judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio earlier today: “Today’s court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court…

The Menil Divorces the Art Guys

Jan 14, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

The Menil removed "The Art Guys Marry a Plant," a controversial performance piece, from its collection, a move that is stirring up Houston's art scene once again. 

Texas, gay marriage, and the Supreme Court

Dec 10, 2012 By Paul Burka

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear two cases involving same-sex marriage could provide yet another indication of how isolated Texas politics has become from the national mainstream. As James Carville pointed out on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday, Americans’ opinions on same-sex marriage have changed with astonishing rapidity—but…

Perry’s flip-flop

Jul 30, 2011 By Paul Burka

One of the skills that has kept Rick Perry in power is that he has a knack for knowing where his constituency stands on most issues. But his instincts failed him when he comingled states-rights with gay marriage. I'm referring, of course, to Perry's statement to the Family Research Council, a Christian advocacy group, that New York's approval of same-sex marriages was "fine with me." This will probably turn out to be a minor bobble in Perry's pursuit of the presidency, but it is definitely a bobble. It looks as if Perry hasn't yet figured out who his constituency is, for a presidential race. Talking states rights works great for a Texas constituency that Perry has kept stirred up with his repeated confrontations with the federal government over EPA interference, lack of border security, immigration, and health care, but it isn't going to play well in the states that were on the winning side in the Civil War. Do Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York care about the Tenth Amendment? Taking the country as a whole, millions more are concerned about gay marriage than states rights. If Perry is going to have a successful race for the presidency, one of the first things he is going to have to come to grips with is that the rest of the country (outside the South, at least) doesn't think like Texas does and isn't as conservative as Texas is. That is certainly true when it comes to states' rights, and also for gay marriage. Perry tried to undo his flip-flop in an interview that the Family Research Council posted on its Web site, stating (as he often has) his opposition to gay marriage and his support for an amendment to the  U.S. Constitution limiting marriage to one man and one woman (an issue that was a favorite of Karl Rove's during the Bush years).