Austin, TX, Approves Resolution Supporting Same-Sex Marriage
Yesterday, the City Council of Austin, Texas, passed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage. While the resolution is not a law, the city council's unanimous vote to officially support marriage equality is the first in the state.
Marriage equality activists hope that the council's decision can lead to more action in the struggle to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Despite many legal battles in 2009, the law is still in effect in Texas today.
Media Resources: KXAN 9/27/12; ThinkProgress 9/27/12
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .