Thanks also to Travis County District Court Judge David Wahlberg, who courageously ordered the Travis County clerk not to rely on “the unconstitutional Texas prohibitions against same-sex marriage as a basis for not issuing a marriage license.” He issued the order despite the stay of Judge Garcia’s order because Sarah Goodfriend underwent surgery and chemotherapy last year for ovarian cancer and her health is uncertain. The couple has been together for 30 years and raised two daughters. If one were to be hospitalized with a life-threatening condition while they were not married, the other would have no say in medical decisions.
|By: Masoninblue Friday February 20, 2015 3:00 pm|
|By: Masoninblue Monday February 9, 2015 3:00 pm|
It doesn’t take a weather man to tell which way the wind blows.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 22, 2014 8:00 pm|
The Democratic base is more satisfied with their party than the Republicans base is with theirs, according to Pew Research.
A plurality of Republican-leaning voters think the Republican party hasn’t done a good job of representing their views on the big issues of abortion, immigration, government spending and same-sex marriage.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 21, 2014 8:44 am|
Support for same-sex marriage continues to steadily grow. According to Gallup, support has reached a new high with 55 percent of Americans now in favor same-sex marriage.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday April 4, 2014 5:01 pm|
That this decision was inspired by a dating website standing up for the rights of their membership is a pretty powerful reminder of how far we’ve come.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday August 3, 2013 7:53 am|
Teen star Raven-Symonè, who starred as Bill Cosby’s youngest child, Olivia Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and later on Disney’s That’s So Raven, came out today on Twitter.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 25, 2013 4:00 pm|
Depending on how the Supreme Court rules this week on the issue of same-sex marriage, 2014 could end up being another big year for marriage equality at the ballot box. After the success of several same-sex marriage initiatives and referendums in 2012, all across the country campaigns are being started to put this issue before the voters.
|By: RH Reality Check Wednesday June 12, 2013 6:00 pm|
In 2007 Edie Windsor married Thea Spyer after already being together for 40 years. When Spyer died, in 2009, their home state of New York recognized marriage equality, but because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the federal government did not. As a result, Windsor was faced with paying more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes because Spyer had left her estate to Windsor.
Had the federal government recognized their marriage and given it the same status as opposite-sex married couples in the state, Windsor would not have to pay any estate taxes.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 6, 2013 5:15 pm|
This sense of inevitability is one of the strongest things going for the marriage equality movement. Even though support for same-sex marriage has only recently crossed the majority mark, politicians, individuals and organization usually don’t want to end up on the wrong side of history.
|By: Jon Walker Friday May 24, 2013 8:40 am|
Following the election of Barack Obama there was a significant spike in the number of Americans who considered themselves social conservatives, but since then the number of social conservatives has been dropping. Now Americans see themselves as more socially liberal than they ever have before.