News from within the borders of Austin in Texas and the fight for equality there. Austin, the state capital and home to the main University of Texas campus, has a reputation for progressive politics evident in previous actions by the council. It has banned antigay discrimination by businesses operating in the city and offered domestic-partner benefits to municipal employees. LGBT rights group Equality Texas had asked the council to take a stand on marriage equality. Because of the large conservative political presence in Texas, advances for LGBT rights can be difficult to achieve.