State District Judge Lisa Millard signed a temporary restraining order Tuesday prohibiting the city of Houston from offering domestic partner benefits after the Harris County GOP chairman filed a lawsuit.
Tom Brown Ministries demanded $10,000 from the city of El Paso to settle a lawsuit it initiated over city domestic partner benefits. The city council rejected the demands from the organization labeled an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Following the walkout by Garland DART board representative Michael Cheney before a vote on healthcare benefits for same-sex partners at the transit agency, LGBT Garland residents and other area activists attended a Garland city council meeting last night.
The DART committee-of-the-whole passed its version of domestic partner benefits on a voice vote of 9–2 this afternoon. The entire DART board, made up of the same members, must vote on it again tonight for final passage.
The IRS ruled that all legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes no in matter which state they reside. The ruling applies to income, estate and gift tax. The ruling also affects the earned income tax credit or child tax credit.
Four people spoke at the July DART board meeting on Tuesday evening about domestic partner benefits, but discussion of the topic was delayed until August. And a new DART board member refused to say whether she supported DP benefits.