A San Antonio woman is counting on Texas’ Religious Freedom Restoration Act to trump a local ordinance that could end her decade-old ministry of feeding the homeless, mentally ill and others who are simply down on their luck.
Gay Marriage Arrives in Texas
In a landmark victory for marriage equality, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against statewide bans on same-sex marriage, granting gay and lesbian couples in Texas the right to legally marry.
Wrong Side of the Tax
Big Spring’s fast-rising home appraisals this year are particularly wreaking havoc on low-income homeowners, exposing another problem with Texas’ heavy reliance on property taxes.
Letters from Death Row: The Biology of Trauma
Texas executes more of its citizens—almost all of them men—than any other state. New studies show that trauma biologically alters the brains of young boys in ways that affect their adult behavior, raising the moral implications of the death penalty.
Storytime: Calling for Short Story Contest Entries
The Texas Observer is holding a short story contest seeking original stories from writers both near and far. Submit your story today for the chance to be in our annual October Books Issue and subsequent publication online.
Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Law For Now
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked two major components of Texas’ omnibus abortion law that would have forced all but nine abortion clinics in the state to close.
State of the Media: The Scene of the Crimes
In collaboration with a walking tour app that uses GPS technology, the producers of Radiolab have created a self-guided walking tour that takes listeners back to 18th-century Austin while telling the story of what many historians have called America’s—and maybe the world’s—first serial killer.
Supreme Court Saves Affordable Care Act Subsidies
Texans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace can rest easy. The Supreme Court has upheld federal subsidies that help make health coverage more affordable for those in Texas.
The Observer Review: Gary Cartwright’s The Best I Recall
One comes away from The Best I Recall respecting Cartwright as a journalist, but how readers may relate to him as a person is much more complicated.
Off to the Races
For much of the next year, Texans with a high tolerance for bullshit will have the opportunity to follow along with the finest still-legal bloodsport in the state: Republican legislative primaries.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Family Planning Programs Face Cuts
In the latest politically motivated attack on Planned Parenthood, Texas is poised to lose millions in funding for teen pregnancy prevention, family planning services and STI screenings, but this time the threat is coming from Congress.
The Moral Indefensibility of Death Row
Alex Hannaford’s cover story this month shows an alarming correlation between trauma that happens to adolescent boys, the biological damage it does to their brains, how that altered physiology leads to violent behavior in their adult lives and their ultimate journeys to death row.