We already know that Texas' bullheaded stance on gay marriage -- that it won't in any way recognize it, even if couples were married in other states -- trickles down to individual Texas Department of Public Safety clerks. Same-sex couples in Texas have to navigate roadblocks that can royally screw w ... More >>
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court shocked the hell out of everybody when they declined without comment to hear any of the cases brought before them appealing state bans on gay marriage in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana. The move made gay marriage legal in those states, but it left T ... More >>
Last year, after Connie married her partner of nine years in California, she took her wife's surname, legally changing her diver's license and Social Security card to Connie Wilson. Legally speaking, she is Connie Wilson. When work required that Wilson and her partner move from California to Houst ... More >>
Even with the darkness, the film is never less than joyful.
In what has become a "second verse, same as the first" kind of response, another appeals court upheld challenges to a states's ban on same-sex unions on Tuesday. In this case, it was Virginia's voter-approved ban that was shot down on pretty much the same grounds many others (Utah, Oklahoma) have be ... More >>
Gay marriage probably won't be legalized in Texas until the Supreme Court makes the state do so. We do have a governor who compared homosexuality to alcoholism, after all. But according to a study by the Williams Institute, if gay marriage were legal here in the Lone Star State, it'd be quite the f ... More >>
Federal and state rulings don’t agree on same-sex weddings, leaving gay couples in Texas in a special brand of limbo all their own.
Jenn and Lizzie Wigle are wandering the halls of a bridal expo, searching more for ideas than products or services. Eventually they visit three of the events, looking at dresses, invitations, cake decorators and all the other trappings of the $40-billion-a-year American wedding industry. Most of t ... More >>
In the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, George W. Bush carried the state of Texas, which came of little surprise to anyone. Texas is, after all, as red as red states can be on most socio-political issues and the former governor was a poster boy for socially conservative politics. But, here in H ... More >>
Louie Gohmert is always coming up with, shall we say, interesting ideas. But his latest brain baby takes the cake. According to Gohmert, African Americans should oppose gay marriage because they won the right to oppose things with the Civil Rights movement. The East Texas Congressman used his time ... More >>
Just as arch-conservative Arizona Governor Jan Brewer crumbled to public and political pressure and vetoed Arizona's so-called "anti-gay legislation," a Texas federal court judge (Hon. Orlando Garcia) in San Antonio struck down Texas's ban on same-sex marriage because it violated the equal protectio ... More >>
If you like anal sex and open relationships now, just wait until gay marriage is legalized. Once that good day in America finally arrives, are y'all in for a treat, according to University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus. Regnerus - previously known for his impressively one-dimensional and incorre ... More >>
Houston is one of the more gay friendly cities in America. Even our mayor is gay. But, like any other person who wants to have a same-sex wedding, Mayor Annise Parker had to travel to California because it is illegal in Texas. The Federal Government has even extended benefits to same-sex couples, ye ... More >>
Louie Gohmert makes his latest argument against gay marriage and it's a doozy.
Congressman Louie Gohmert is at it again. The East Texas representative is known for spouting his opinions with little regard for minor things like facts, or reason, or not making it look as if everyone in Texas is a bigoted, racist idiot, and he has been airing his views on the move to legalize gay ... More >>
The story of a politician marrying her longtime partner would not normally be much in the way of news. Sure, there would be talk, but mostly it would be relegated to gossip magazines and the socialite section of newspapers. In the case of Mayor Annise Parker, it is far more notable because her longt ... More >>
On Tuesday, the Harris County Republican Party decided to give an early Christmas gift to a bunch of attorneys and drop a giant lump of coal into the stockings of legally married same-sex couples by suing the city to prevent the enacting of a policy that would extend health and live insurance benefi ... More >>
Ron Paul did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, and we over at Hair Balls are finding it to be a glorious exercise in that most ancient of arts, the political strip tease, the kind where they pretend to take it all off, but you never even see a sexy hairy political shoulder. The AMA started on Thursday ... More >>
John Steinbeck once wrote that Texas was a state of mind, approximating religion. A complex state of mind though, he owned, since people either passionately love the Lone Star State or passionately hate it. Complex also because this is a big state with lots of people and lots of opinions. We mention ... More >>
A handful of weeks ago, before Carrie Thompson showed up with her partner, Jane, at the east entrance to last weekend's Pride Parade, she sat before a Harris County Family Court judge. Jane couldn't come, leaving Carrie alone in sending her best pitch to regain custody of her three children, the thr ... More >>
The Update: SCOTUS has effectively killed California's Proposition 8 -- and therefore allowed same-sex marriage to continue in that state -- by dismissing an appeal from the Prop's proponents. The justices ruled that the proponents did not have legal standing to appeal the California Supreme Court' ... More >>
North Texas Judge says lesbian couple can't live in same household with children.
A couple in McKinney, Texas, has been together for nearly three years. They've been together following one's messy divorce. They've helped raise the two young children that were on the receiving end of the acrimony following that split. After living under the same roof, the couple has, according to ... More >>
Frank Billingsley is used to answering tough questions. He predicts the weather for a living. The longtime weatherman for KPRC channel 2 is one of the most capable and well liked meteorologists in the city. But when he came out as openly gay and even married his partner in a ceremony in New York Cit ... More >>
Chris Kluwe is prying open America's last closet: major league sports.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott, this was not. In fact, most of the people eating dinner at the Chick-fil-A off of I-10 in the Heights weren't even aware they were in the midst of what was supposed to be a gay kiss-in to protest recent anti-gay marriage rhetoric by the chain's president -- who recently h ... More >>
The epic decision has been made: The DC comic hero who is coming out of the closet is....the Green Lantern. Or should it be the Chartreuse Lantern, amirite. know what I'm sayin'? Of course, the Green Lantern was on our list of six top candidates to be given The Gay. Here's our analysis from Craig ... More >>
Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Scarface, D-Risha, O.N.E., Kyle Hubbard, Scooby, Chane, Renzo, Preemo, Show, Yung Truth, CB Kings Not Invited: Manny Pacquiao ... More >>
When President Barack Obama said in an interview last week that he supported same-sex marriage, it lit up the Internet with discussion. The dialogue split between those championing the president's words, and his detractors damning him (again) for going against what they saw as biblical and social no ... More >>
Mayor Annise Parker has tweeted her joy -- if not astonishment -- at President Obama's announcement today that he endorses same-sex marriage. "Wow! I was wrong. Call from White House. The President has stepped up and stated his support for recognizing relationships...like mine!-a" Parker got a cal ... More >>
Rick Perry is generally not a man to be out-rightwinged, but he may see an attempt in the GOP primary. He'll keep citing his Limbaugh-Tea Party bona fides, but there are ways for opponents to put doubt, if not fear, into the hearts of voters considering him. Here's how four attack ads from the rig ... More >>
A marriage is a marriage, right?KHOU has an interesting story about a gay Houstonian who is arguing that his marriage to a U.S. citizen should prevent his deportation. Normally a no-brainer, but in this case the marriage is between two guys who tied the knot in California. The man's name wa ... More >>
If it's good enough for Springfield....Texas, you are filled with homo-loving, or at least homo-live-and-let-live, people. You're supposed to hate the idea of gays period, much less giving them any sort of rights like straights have earned through their Leviticus-quoting ways. But a new poll ... More >>
Photos by Bradley BaskerSee pics from yesterday's "Big Gay Wedding," the largest and longest-running commitment ceremony in Houston, also organized by the Foundation for Family and Marriage Equality. Members of the Foundation for Family and Marriage Equality, along with a crowd of protesters ... More >>
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Houston lawyer Barbara Ann Radnofsky, who plans to challenge Greg Abbott as a Democratic candidate in next year's Attorney General race, must feel that the spotlight isn't shining bright enough from her speaking gig at tonight's Tarrant County Young Democrats Gubernatorial Forum at Texas Christia ... More >>
Photo by Melanie PangAfter waiting in anticipation to hold either a party or a protest, the LGBT community can take another collective exasperated sigh. It's back to the grind after Tuesday's California Supreme Court ruled to uphold Proposition 8, but also maintain the validity of approximately 18, ... More >>
Gays -- and the people who love `em, like `em or just don't know why the government needs to mess with `em -- are still pissed about losing Proposition 8 in California, which banned gay marriages. And they're doing something about it.(The semi-inspiring sequence over a similar election in Sean Penn' ... More >>
And now we present OutSmart contributor Josef Molnar's take on last night's GLBT forum for Democratic presidential candidates. As stage personnel and security people swarmed The Production Group Studios in Hollywood last night, busily touching up the stars of the two-hour Visible Vote 2008 Presiden ... More >>
When voters elected Martha Wong, they thought they were sending a moderate Republican to Austin. Critics say once there, she took a right turn. Now her district is rethinking its representation.
Dubya would be aghast at Here Come the Brides
Opposing sides will grapple over gay issues this week
She's here. She's queer. The neighbors are used to it.
With a battle looming, gays and their supporters seek high ground
A preacher accuses the judiciary of allowing same-sex marriage fraud
Bering Methodist stops all weddings if there can't be gay marriages