SCOTUS Stops Horrid Texas Abortion Restrictions, For Now

The Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay on HB 2, Texas’ disastrous anti-abortion law, which would have closed most clinics in the state. That means the state will be temporarily unable to enforce the law; the Supreme Court will likely hear the case next term. This is good news, for now, possibly followed next… » 6/29/15 5:20pm Monday 5:20pm

Texas County Clerk Refuses Gay Marriage Licenses, Just to Be a Dick

A county clerk in Texas is refusing to issue gay marriage licenses, and pretending like she has a good reason. Denton County Clerk Juli Luke issued two statements today, the first saying that she’s refusing to issue the licenses because state law now conflicts with federal law, and the second claiming that actually… » 6/26/15 5:50pm 6/26/15 5:50pm

Supreme Court: Texas Can Refuse to Issue Confederate License Plates

In one of several giant rulings expected this month, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state of Texas isn’t obligated to issue specialty license plates for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board refused to issue a special SCV plate bearing a Confederate flag. That… » 6/18/15 1:50pm 6/18/15 1:50pm

Appeals Court Upholds Most of HB2, Texas' Terrible Anti-Abortion Law

In a sweeping and fairly disastrous opinion for reproductive health in Texas, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld nearly every part of HB 2, an extremely restrictive law that could make safe, legal abortion access virtually impossible in the state. All but eight abortion clinics… » 6/09/15 5:10pm 6/09/15 5:10pm

Texas Cop Suspended After Footage Emerges of Brutal Pool Party Arrests

On Saturday, video was uploaded to Youtube of police officers screaming at and arresting children at a community pool in Texas. One officer, confronted by two boys while grabbing a young girl by the neck and shoving her head towards the ground, pulls his gun and points it at them.
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Argument Over Beer Pong Rules Leads to Shooting Death of Woman

19-year-old Lacie LaRose is dead after an alleged argument about beer pong rules resulted in gunfire at a college graduation party. The man responsible for the death, 39-year-old Ronald McNeil, is currently being held on $500,000 bail and claims that the shooting was an accident. McNeil says he just meant to scare the… » 6/04/15 10:15pm 6/04/15 10:15pm

Megachurch Inadvertently Invites Everyone to Join Them in 'Whorship'

Steve Riggle is the pastor at a Houston-area megachurch, the unwieldily-named Grace Community Church The Woodlands. He’s also very anti-gay, one of a group of pastors who flooded Houston’s openly gay mayor Annise Parker’s office with Bibles, accusing her of trying to take away their religious liberty during a debate… » 5/28/15 2:50pm 5/28/15 2:50pm

Texas Teacher Investigated For Having a Funny Pinterest Page

Someecards, those wildly popular images that pair vintage illustrations with a sardonic line, still produce content that gets hundreds of thousands of shares on social media. (There’s even one about dad bod!) But one unidentified teacher in San Antonio, TX woman has just learned that not everyone thinks they’re funny.… » 5/27/15 10:10am 5/27/15 10:10am

Texas Doing Its Best to Force Pregnant Teens to Give Birth

The Texas State Senate passed a bill Monday night that will make it near-impossible for teenagers to obtain legal abortions without parental consent. The bill dismantled the judicial bypass process, which once gave Texas teens a viable option to get an abortion when their parent or legal guardian either refused to… » 5/26/15 3:20pm 5/26/15 3:20pm

Texas Mostly Agrees to Comply with Federal Anti-Prison Rape Laws

In a remarkably civil letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act “wherever feasible.” That’s a big step from previous Governor Rick Perry, who called the law “counterproductive” and “unnecessarily cumbersome.” Texas is… » 5/21/15 2:15pm 5/21/15 2:15pm

Here's A Transgender Woman's Letter From a Men's Prison in Texas

Earlier today we published a story on Passion Star, a transgender woman incarcerated in Texas who says she’s been subject to rape and violent attacks at the hands of other inmates for the past 12 years. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice did not move Star into safekeeping, a version of protective custody, until… » 5/13/15 6:00pm 5/13/15 6:00pm

School With No Sex Ed Doesn't Have a Chlamydia Outbreak After All

No one was surprised last week when news broke that a small-town school without a sex education program was teeming with chlamydia. Unfortunately, that story has proven to be false, leaving a tiny Texas town traumatized with embarrassment over an error reported as fact by the school’s superintendent. » 5/13/15 1:50pm 5/13/15 1:50pm

'Suck Dick, Fight or Quit Doing Gay Shit': The Texas Prison Rape Problem

It didn’t take long after Passion Star was sent to prison for her to be sexually assaulted for the first time. And it wasn’t long before she filed her first complaint against her first attacker. And she realized “almost immediately,” she says, that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was not going to help her.
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Pamela Geller: Our Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit Went Great

Founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and all-person Islam-hater Pamela Geller seems—dare we say it—pretty pleased that two lunatics came to the AFDI’s “Draw Muhammad” cartoon exhibition and shot a security guard before being killed by police. In interviews and on her blog, Geller says the violence proves… » 5/05/15 1:20pm 5/05/15 1:20pm

After Shooting, Anti-Islam Blogger Pam Geller Declares 'This is War'

As a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Texas came to an end Sunday night, two men opened fire on a security guard standing outside. They were then killed by police. The event was hosted by an anti-Islam group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative. In the moments after the shooting, Pamela Geller, the group’s… » 5/04/15 4:00pm 5/04/15 4:00pm