The effervescent trans woman was one of the first to sue for the right to survivor benefits in the late 1990s when her husband died of alleged medical malpractice.
Brice Johnson is accused of beating Arron Keahey after the two arranged a meeting via a social networking app.
The couples challenging the ban want it suspended while they await a trial in the case.
A bill proposed by a Texas congressman would prevent the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where such unions are not legal.
Gay and lesbian members of the Texas National Guard will now be able to receive benefits for their spouses.
Mayor Annise Parker says this is the constitutional and right thing to do; meanwhile, Houston's county takes steps to protect LGBT prisoners.
The wife of a female member of the Texas National Guard says she was denied housing benefits despite going through the extra steps required for same-sex couples to receive benefits.
Two same-sex couples in Texas take aim at the laws that keep the state from recognizing their marriages.