Following several alerts on Facebook this week about a man who confessed to one of the Oak Lawn attacks from the past few years we may finally feel a little at ease. The discussion started on the “Take Back Oak Lawn” Facebook Group and with many other residents in the gayborhood who have spotted him. He allegedly threatened or assaulted many people in the gayborhood and appears to be homeless hanging out and drinking in the broad daylight and being aggressive when asking for money at Cedar Springs businesses. Continue reading “Man who confessed to attack in Oak Lawn was arrested (now he’s out)”
The Texas Senate gave approval for a bill designed to allow county clerks to opt out of issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples over religious objections. The bill would also permit judges to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony under the same sincerely-held religious objection. This goes against a national trend supporting such unions and in defiance of a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ostensibly ended state bans on gay nuptials.
A final vote on the matter is scheduled next week when Senate Bill 522 will go to the House. This year’s session is packed with touchstone issues in the so-called “cultural wars” separating Democrats from Republicans, including a proposal to ban transgender individuals from using public bathrooms labeled with genders with which they identify.
As for SB 522, county clerks would be allowed to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples so long as there is a judge or assistant clerk in place who would be willing to issue the license. Another provision of the bill makes allowances for the absence of a willing assistant clerk or judge, providing for agreements to be made with officials at nearby counties able to electronically issue marriage licenses. Continue reading “Texas Senate Approves Bill Allowing County Clerks To Deny Same-Sex Marriage Licenses”
The Dallas City Council secured the votes they needed to get a win for a cite and release program to “free police officers to issue citations” to those possessing under four ounces of marijuana rather than arresting them.
This new policy basically lets people skip jail for small amounts of marijuana until they have a court date. If a police officer catches someone with under four ounces of pot, a police supervisor will be called to field-test it, weigh it, and transport it into evidence. The suspect provides a thumb print and signs a summons promising to attend an arraignment hearing at the Dallas County Courthouse at some point within the next two weeks. Continue reading “Dallas City Council Approves Cite and Release Policy To Avoid Jail (at first) for Marijuana”