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Activists Denounce Lawsuit that Seeks to Block Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples in Texas

Activists Denounce Lawsuit that Seeks to Block Benefits to Married Same-Sex Couples in Texas

Texas LGBT activists have filed amicus briefs in a case pending before the Texas Supreme Court (Pidgeon v. Harris) where the City of Houston’s ability to provide spousal benefits to married same-sex couples is being challenged. The case, brought against the City of Houston by anti-LGBT lobbyists Jonathan Saenz and Jared Woodfill, would specifically block

Texas Supreme Court to Hear Case Attacking Benefits of Married LGBT Couples

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court changed its mind about hearing a case threatening the rights of married gay couples in the state. The case, brought against the City of Houston by anti-LGBT lobbyists, would specifically block same-sex spouses of government employees from receiving any health benefits (benefits

Donna Campbell Among State Republicans to Support Anti-LGBT Benefits Lawsuit

State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) was among 50 Texas Republican lawmakers to sign a “friend of the court” brief that claims the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision does not give married same-sex couples in the state the right to spousal benefits or the right to live with each other, among other benefits. Others who

Attorney María Salazar Is a Voice for the Vulnerable and a Builder of Bridges

María R. Salazar was 5 years old when she held her first important job. “I was the water girl,” she recalled of working at a tender age in the beet, onion and potato fields of Idaho, where her parents toiled as migrant workers. “Whenever it would get really hot, I would take the jugs out

Texas GOP Judge Becomes Democrat After Presiding at Same-Sex Wedding

The Houston Press is reporting that a Houston judge who was formerly a Republican announced he is now a Democrat, a decision he says he came to after presiding at a same-sex wedding in January. Judge Terry Jennings, who has served as a Republican on Houston’s First Court of Appeals since 2000, announced on October

No LGBT Nuptials Allowed at East Texas Venue

Texas Forest Country Weddings in Huntington, Texas is a venue that has everything you could want to throw the perfect wedding. There’s a mansion on a lake, a wedding chapel, an outdoor country church, a pavilion with a wooded backdrop and a bed and breakfast. What’s missing from this ideal location is a welcome sign

LGBT Couples May Join Valentine’s Mass Weddings at Courthouse

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer that made marriage equality legal, this will be the first year same-sex couples will be able to participate in the mass weddings held annually at the Bexar County Courthouse on Valentine’s Day. To mark the occasion, activist Rene Orozco is organizing a Love Wins march from Milam

Law Firm Slates Marriage Equality ‘Town Hall’

The law firm of de la Riva & Associates invites the community to a “Town Hall on Marriage Equality” at their offices on Saturday, February 27. The event, which is hosted in partnership with Bethany East PR & Management, the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Great Lawyers Association, will feature a panel

Hometown Hero: Judge Genie Wright

“In her court, she treats all individuals fairly, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” Bexar County Judge Genie Wright of County Court No. 7 was sitting at home early in the morning of June 26, 2015, anxiously awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding same-sex marriage. After the now-infamous ruling was announced, her phone

First Presbyterian cites marriage definition among reasons to leave denomination

In an October 15 letter to their congregants, the leaders at the First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio recommended leaving the Presbyterian Church (USA) because, “We believe our denomination is not what it once was, and it has wandered from its biblical and confessional moorings.” The letter goes on to say, “Ultimately, after years of