Trans Pioneer Christie Lee Van De Putte Dead at 61
April 06 2014 1:39 PM ET

Trans Pioneer Christie Lee Van De Putte Dead at 51

Sunnivie Brydum

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.

Texas Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban
February 26 2014 2:46 PM ET February 28 2014 1:55 PM ET

Texas Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban

Michelle Garcia

A federal judge today rules Texas's marriage ban unconstitutional.

Hate-Crime Charge Filed in Labor Day Attack on Gay Texan
February 24 2014 3:14 PM ET

Hate-Crime Charge Filed in Labor Day Attack on Gay Texan

Trudy Ring

Brice Johnson is accused of beating Arron Keahey after the two arranged a meeting via a social networking app.

Texas Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Trans Widow
February 14 2014 3:50 PM ET

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Trans Widow

Parker Marie Molloy

A state appeals court has overturned a lower ruling nullifying the marriage between a trans woman and her deceased husband, sending the case back for relitigation.

Judge Hears Arguments on Lifting Texas Marriage Ban; No Ruling Yet
February 12 2014 4:50 PM ET

Judge Hears Arguments on Lifting Texas Marriage Ban; No Ruling Yet

Trudy Ring

The couples challenging the ban want it suspended while they await a trial in the case.

Bill Could Force Fed Government to Recognize State Marriage Laws
January 10 2014 3:36 PM ET

Bill Could Force Fed Government to Recognize State Marriage Laws

Michelle Garcia

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.

Texas National Guard Amends Policy For Same-Sex Couples
November 27 2013 3:25 PM ET

Texas National Guard Amends Policy For Same-Sex Couples

Michelle Garcia

Gay and lesbian members of the Texas National Guard will now be able to receive benefits for their spouses.

Houston Offers Benefits to Employees' Same-Sex Spouses
November 21 2013 8:05 PM ET

Houston Offers Benefits to Employees' Same-Sex Spouses

Trudy Ring

Mayor Annise Parker says this is the constitutional and right thing to do; meanwhile, Houston's county takes steps to protect LGBT prisoners.

Texas: Military Spouse Takes Extra Steps, Still Denied Benefits
November 20 2013 1:56 PM ET

Texas: Military Spouse Takes Extra Steps, Still Denied Benefits

Michelle Garcia

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.

Same-Sex Couples Sue to Strike Down Texas Marriage Ban
October 29 2013 12:00 PM ET

Same-Sex Couples Sue to Strike Down Texas Marriage Ban

Sunnivie Brydum

Two same-sex couples in Texas take aim at the laws that keep the state from recognizing their marriages.

Texas Judge Nixes Republican Antigay Dogma, Switches to Democrats
October 22 2013 6:43 PM ET

Judge Quits GOP Over Its Antigay Dogma

Trudy Ring

'I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin, or their economic status,' says Carlo Key.

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