Gay Rights

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.

What Is a Boy Scout?

Feb 6, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Brian D. Sweany

The board of the Boy Scouts of America was supposed to decide today whether to change its policy of excluding gay members. I hoped they would do the right thing. Instead they kicked the can down the road. (UPDATED)

Schoolhouse Rocked

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

How an angry parent’s e-mail turned an elite Houston private school into a political battleground.

Sex, Love, and Lawrence v. Texas

Mar 19, 2012 By Sonia Smith

A new book, Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, explores the history of the men behind the landmark Supreme Court case and questions the conventional wisdom of the story.

The Tree of Strife

Mar 1, 2012 By Mimi Swartz

For a quarter of a century, the Art Guys, Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing, have been Houston’s master provocateurs, stirring up discussion with their wacky, thoughtful, and tenaciously marketed “social sculptures.” But have they finally gone too far?