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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the 7-to-2 decision was on the narrowest of grounds and left unresolved whether business owners have a free speech right to refuse to sell goods and services to same-sex couples.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

Denying the city of Houston’s request, the U.S. Supreme Court will not review a June decision by the Texas Supreme Court, which ruled that the landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage does not fully address the right to marriage benefits.

Every Supreme Court term there is at least one case that gets people's blood up. A case on which just about everyone has an opinion, often a ferocious opinion. That case comes before the justices Tuesday.

Rick Holter / KERA News

Mary Horn is a ground breaker. She was Denton County's first female tax assessor and the first woman to serve as county judge. And she's lasted longer in the county's top job than anyone else.

This week, the Republican said she's retiring. And whether it's refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, fighting to keep a Confederate memorial or opposing the so-called "bathroom bill," she makes no apologies.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

After the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage does not fully address the right to marriage benefits, the city of Houston is now looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in.

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday sided with same-sex marriage opponents who argued that the city of Houston should not have extended its benefits policy to married same-sex couples. The court threw out a lower court ruling that had favored the benefits and sent the case back to a lower court.

The benefits policy was enacted by Houston's former, and first openly gay, mayor, Annise Parker, in 2013.

Tamir Kalifa / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to government-subsidized same-sex marriage benefits. The state's highest civil court ordered a trial court to reconsider the case.

Tamir Kalifa for The Texas Tribune

The Texas Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to a measure allowing county clerks to recuse themselves from signing marriage licenses for same-sex couples because of religious objections.

Texas Supreme Court To Take Up Same-Sex Marriage Case

Feb 28, 2017
Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Almost two years after same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, Texas Republicans are still fighting the ruling — and they’re getting another day in court.

Texas Republicans Want To Narrow Scope Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Oct 28, 2016
Tamir Kalifa / The Texas Tribune

After coming out on the losing end of a United States Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Texas Republican leaders are now looking to the Texas Supreme Court to narrow the scope of that landmark ruling.

Stella M. Chavez / KERA News

Jack Evans, one half of the first same-sex couple to marry legally in Dallas County one year ago, has died.

Joe Deshotel

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out Attorney General Ken Paxton’s effort to undo the union of the first gay couple to legally wed in Texas. The court-ordered same-sex marriage of two Austin women had occurred months before such unions were legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Over the weekend, the streets of downtown Fort Worth were filled with folks celebrating gay pride. The city has come a long way in how it interacts with its LGBT community. 

Judge Gives Texas Aug. 24 Deadline On Same-Sex Marriage Policies

Aug 12, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

A federal judge has given the state an Aug. 24 deadline to recognize same-sex marriages on death and birth certificates. 

Krystina Martinez / KERA News

In Dallas, a group of pastors and conservative activists launched what they called an effort to create “mass civil disobedience" in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Deep on the agenda for today’s Hood County Commissioners meeting is a topic that’s spurred national debate: same-sex marriage and LGBT-themed library books for kids.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

In Texas, the debate over same-sex marriage has spilled out of county courthouses and into public libraries across Dallas-Fort Worth.

After Suing Hood County, Granbury Gay Couple Gets Marriage License

Jul 6, 2015

A Granbury gay couple on Monday obtained a marriage license from the Hood County Clerk's office after filing a lawsuit against the clerk in federal court.

From Texas Standard:

Recent polls suggest the majority of Americans agree with the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, but opposition to same-sex marriage remains prevalent in southern states like Texas and Louisiana.

Just this week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that county clerks don’t need to issue marriage licenses if doing so goes against their faith. Paxton and other opponents of same-sex marriage argue that the government shouldn’t be allowed to interfere with how someone practices their faith.

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A North Texas county will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though the clerk in charge of such documents says it's against her beliefs.

Andrea Parrish-Geyer /

The Supreme Court may have legalized same-sex marriage on Friday, but for some gay and lesbian couples in Texas, getting a marriage license isn’t so simple.

Texas Won't Track Gay Marriage Numbers

Jun 30, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

On the first day of legal same-sex marriage in Texas, more than 630 couples received licenses in 10 of the state's largest counties, according to numbers provided by clerk's offices.

Cruz: Clerks Should Be Able To Opt Out Of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Jun 28, 2015
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday said county clerks in Texas should "absolutely" be able to opt out of issuing same-sex marriage licenses if they have religious objections.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton calls the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and says state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

Stella Chavez / KERA News

In Dallas County, the first same-sex marriage license was issued to Jack Evans and George Harris, who have been together for more than 50 years.


The Supreme Court says same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states in a 5-4 ruling Friday morning.

Texas Counties Plan Varied Responses To Marriage Ruling

Jun 26, 2015
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

County clerks across Texas responding to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage are generally divided into two groups: those who plan to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, and others who want to hear from State Attorney General Ken Paxton on how to proceed.


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging county clerks to not immediately start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that gay marriage is legal.


Texans surveyed in a UT/Texas Tribune poll out this week agree discrimination’s a problem. But they disagree on who’s the target of it. People of color made the list, but James Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at University of Texas at Austin, said some of the respondents believe whites are victims of discrimination.


The Texas Supreme Court has upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple, rejecting challenges in a state where gay marriage remains outlawed.