The scene outside the gallery of the Texas Legislature for Senator Wendy Davis' filibuster of the inane abortion bill is a sea of orange. They stand with Wendy, and with the other members of the Senate who are attempting to kill the evil bill that would basically outlaw abortion in the state.
Awesomely, plenty of women's health advocates showed up at the legislature to show their support for Senator Davis:
— Shefali Luthra (@shefalil) June 26, 2013
If you aren't watching the filibuster, you are now:
She's still standing, y'all:
— Lisa Falkenberg (@ChronFalkenberg) June 26, 2013
10:45pm CDT: Contact who is in the Texas House Members Lounge currently:
Shit just got real - DPS just locked the Capitol doors.
11pm CDT: Same contact says:
People making bail arrangements & lawyers stationed upstairs. People planning on storming rotunda/Gallery
— EireannMichaelDolan (@EireannDolan) June 26, 2013
10:25pm CDT: House Rep. Dawnna Dukes posted below photo. She also said she was locked out of gallery and had to enter underground.
11:45pm CDT: Bad-ass Sen. Van De Putte: "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be heard over her male colleagues in the room?"
11:55pm CDT: From contact at Legislature:
People are being thrown out but it's taking awhile
— Jessica Pieklo (@Hegemommy) June 26, 2013
12:41pm CDT: Someone's live streaming from inside the Legislature's rotunda on UStream.
12:53pm CDT: Nobody, not even the Senators, knows what the outcome is yet.
SHADY: Screenshots from the official Texas Senate webpage show that someone actually went in and changed the dates on the vote from 6/25 to 6/26:
Yes! According to Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the bill is dead:
BREAKING: Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has agreed that #SB5 is dead.
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) June 26, 2013