Since the Supreme Court shredded the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, the nation as a whole has been trending toward equality. There have been 61 victories for the freedom to marry since then - 45 in federal courts and 16 at the state level - and we think that’s not only a reason to celebrate, but a reason to believe it won’t be long for Texas, too.
There have been bits of progress rolling in for Texas. Yesterday, in an historic move, Fort Worth released a statement saying it would extend spousal benefits for city employees to all legally married, same-sex couples.Continue reading this post »
As the events from Texas Muslim Capitol Day unfold, many Texans have been left shocked and appalled by the hate-filled sentiment that has been lobbed at the Muslim Americans who visited the grounds today. However, this is hardly new behavior from Republicans in the Texas Legislature. Continue reading this post »
So with a little help from singer Meghan Trainor, we remind Rick Perry why he got indicted: "It’s all about that bribe, ‘bout that bribe (no veto)!"
This week a judge denied Rick Perry's challenge to an indictment stemming from abuse of power and bribery charges. So in response, Rick Perry went down to the Omni Hotel in Austin to talk to the press and defend a veto he issued.
That's right, the charge is for bribery and abuse of office, but Rick Perry thinks it's about a veto. Maybe that's why he keeps losing these legal challenges.
Former Governor Rick Perry is at it again with his old antics of pretending he is “above the law.” But here’s the catch - no one is buying what his high-priced legal team is selling. Continue reading this post »
In the statement to the press, Perry and his high-priced lawyers continued to misrepresent the charges against the former Governor. This case is not about Perry's right to veto anything. Perry offered money for the resignation of an elecfted official. This is the crime he committed, and for which he is charged.
In fact, the complaint was filled before Perry issued the veto.
The veto talk is just a smokescreen and Rick Perry knows this - just see his remarks from last August in New Hampshire:
Texas Senator John Cornyn's first act as Chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights was to strike the words "Civil Rights and Human Rights" from the title of the committee. We can hardly believe it ourselves.
More than four decades after the 1973 Supreme Court landmark decision in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion throughout the country, women's access to safe and legal abortion remains under political attack at both the federal and state level. Though efforts to restrict access continue, so does the fight to restore reproductive freedom.