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Texas AG Faces Contempt Hearing Over Failure To Recognize Gay Marriage

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Ken Paxton speaks after he was sworn in as the Texas attorney general, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

According to Cole, when he asked the state to amend his spouse’s death certificate, the state cashed his check but refused to complete the paperwork. A Department of State Health Services official wrote, “Until the ruling is fully reviewed, we will not be able to know the impact, if any, on the process to file or amend death certificates. We will keep your documentation in a pending file and will advise you once a determination is made,” according to the Chronicle.

Garcia also ordered Kirk Cole, the state’s interim director at the Department of State Health Services, to issued an amended death certificate for Stone-Hoskin’s spouse, James Stone-Hoskins, according to the Chronicle.

Paxton and Cole must appear in court next week so that Garcia can determine whether the two officials violated his July ruling prohibiting the the state from restricting same-sex marriage.

Cynthia Meyer, a spokeswoman for Paxton, told the Chronicle that the court must determine in a separate case whether the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage was retroactive. Meyer said that Paxton’s office would be filing a response to Garcia’s order in court.

Earlier this week, Paxton was also indicted on felony securities fraud charges.

2 Men Convicted Of Torture Of Gay Texas Man

2 Men Convicted Of Torture Of Gay Texas Man

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two South Texas men have received the maximum 15-year sentences in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges in the March 2012 torture of a gay African-American man in Corpus Christi.

Ramiro Serrata Jr. (23) and Jimmy Garza (33) were sentenced Wednesday in Corpus Christi by Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. Both men must pay the victim $10,800 in restitution, serve three years of supervised release and register as sex offenders. Both pleaded guilty last September.

The indictment alleges that on Mar. 8, 2012, Garza and Serrata conspired to assault a gay, African-American man because of his race, color and sexual orientation.  According to the indictment, the defendants invited the male victim into an apartment in Corpus Christi then assaulted him while calling him racial and homophobic epithets.  Over the course of approximately three hours, the conspirators allegedly punched and kicked the victim and assaulted him with various dangerous weapons, including, a frying pan, a coffee mug, a belt and a chair.  During the assault, the conspirators poured a household cleaning agent or chemical solution onto the victim’s face and eyes, pistol whipped him with a handgun and whipped him with a belt, according to Federal Department of Justice.

When the victim began to bleed, the defendants allegedly forced him to remove all of his clothing and clean up the blood throughout the apartment.

The indictment further alleges that after the victim was completely naked, the defendants sodomized him using a broom or mop and another unknown object.

Throughout the assault, the defendants repeatedly called the man racial and homophobic slurs and made other anti-black and anti-gay statements, according to legal documents.  The conspirators also allegedly prevented the victim from leaving the apartment by physical force and threats of force.  The man eventually escaped the apartment by jumping out of a window.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Corpus Christi Resident Agency with assistance from the Corpus Christi Police Department and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Jared Fishman and Nicholas Durham of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruben Perez of the Southern District of Texas.

No Guns Allowed! Open Carry Law In Texas!

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HOUSTON – In just a few days Texas will be an open carry state. What does that mean for Montrose? What does that change about being at the club?

On Jan. 1; under the new law people will be allowed to openly tote their handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But only for those who have what the state calls ‘concealed’ carry license.

But those changes stop there. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a state agency with oversight of businesses that sell alcohol will uphold it’s policy.

An establishment that’s alcohol sales greater than 50% of their income will not be affected by this new law.

A license holder that carries a handgun, either concealed or openly, commits an offense if they carry the handgun on the premises of a business that has a TABC permit or license.

 

Texas recognizes the licenses and permits from 41 other states. In Texas, licensees must be at least 21 and must pass a background check and written and range test.

Dallas Sheriff Surprised By Her Partner With Massive Birthday Gift

Dallas Sheriff Receives Birthday Gift From Girlfriend. (Photo courtesy of @NaomiMartin Dallas Reporter)

Open Gay Sheriff of Dallas, Texas Was Surprised By Her Girlfriend Outside The Dallas Morning News With An Awesome Gift Early Birthday Gift!

DALLAS Oct. 2 — Walking out of The Dallas Morning News offices on Friday, Sheriff Lupe Valdez was speaking to a reporter when she noticed her girlfriend standing beside a red 2016 Tesla Model S.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Lupe was shocked when her girlfriend, Lindsay Browning explained, “Your birthday present came early.” In shock, the Sheriff inspected the new car, which lists between $66,000 to $135,000.

The Sheriff officially turns 69 on Oct. 11. Browning, a chiropractor, and owner of Urban Hippie Chiropractic, in Oak Cliff said she got the Sheriff ‘what she had always wanted.’ Browning stated Valdez had been considering the car for five years or more.

“It’s hard to surprise her because so many people are in charge of her life,” Browning told The Dallas Morning News.