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‘Marriage Equality’ Is A Confusing Term For This Texas Judge

A Texas Supreme Court justice recently wrote a dissent arguing that it should be legal for government bodies to deny same-sex couples spousal benefits because – get this – it would “encourage procreation.”

The dissent followed the Sept. 2 Texas Supreme Court’s rejection of an appeal of a ruling that required provision of spousal benefits to same-sex couples. Justice John Devine, however, wanted to take the case and reverse the lower court’s ruling, which forbids the state from treating same-sex couples as second-class citizens.

Ally Of ‘Christian Nation’ Advocate Barton Loses Election To Texas High Court

A crony of Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton will not be joining the Texas Supreme Court.

Rick Green, a former Texas state representative and “Christian nation” advocate, narrowly lost his bid for the bench in March to state Supreme Court incumbent Paul Green (no relation). Green has sought the seat before.

That Green was very nearly elected to Texas’ highest court is somewhat shocking. The Dallas Morning News noted that he has been described as a “serial abuser of ethics standards.”  

Anti-Discrimination Measure Defeated In Houston

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure designed to protect gays, lesbians and others from discrimination, failed to survive a ballot referendum Nov. 3.

Passed by the Houston City Council last May, the law prohibited housing and employment discrimination on the basis of several classifications, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

Bizarre Brief: Pastors Tell Texas Court That Religious Schools Have ‘Religious Freedom’ Right To Public Support

Texas public schools are in trouble. In 2011, lawmakers decided to slash $5 billion from the state’s education system. That action lead to a lawsuit, and with the matter now before the Texas Supreme Court, it seems the Religious Right senses an opportunity to grab some taxpayer dollars for its system of private Christian academies.