After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015, people celebrated all over Austin, including the Central Prespyterian Church, the Metropolitan Community Church, 4th Street bars, nightclubs and 4th Street itself.
Early Friday morning, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage is a right upheld by the Constitution in a 5–4 decision. The Supreme Court ruling dismantled the prohibitions of same-sex marriage in 13 states, including Texas. Accordingly, many couples rushed to the Travis County Clerk's Office Friday morning to get their marriage licenses.
Since last Thursday, members of Planned Parenthood have been and plan to continue protesting outside the Governor's Mansion against a bill that, they claim, hurts women’s preventive cancer screenings — particularly for low-income women and women of color.
Senate Bill 204, which contained legislation that would close Austin’s State Supported Living Center, did not pass May 31 after months of anticipated approval because the committee could reach an agreement before its deadline.
Calling it a day of celebration, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Thursday his University Research Initiative, which will seek to provide higher education institutions statewide the necessary funding to attract esteemed researchers from around the nation and globe.
May was the wettest month in Texas history, with 37.3 trillion gallons of water falling across the state. The worst of the deluge came Memorial Day weekend, and several local counties, faced with disastrous flooding, are now beginning an arduous rebuilding process.