Updated: Gay Marriage Would Be Big for Texas Economy, Study Finds

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Update: Christy Mallory, senior counsel at the Williams Institute, told us in an email that in 2009 the institute examined the actual economic impact of gay marriage on Massachusetts - $111 million over the first four years following legalization.

That's smaller than the number the institute estimates in its Texas study, but Mallory said Texas has more same-sex couples. Here's the concentration of gay couples in the United States broken down by county, plus some other interesting numbers about gay couples.

Original post: Gay marriage probably won't be legalized in Texas until the Supreme Court makes the state do so. We do have a governor who compared homosexuality to alcoholism, after all.

But according to a study by the Williams Institute, if gay marriage were legal here in the Lone Star State, it'd be quite the financial boom.

The institute, a think tank housed in the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law, released a study Wednesday estimating the economic boost gay marriage legalization in Texas could provide. According to the study, Texas gay marriages would add an estimated $181.6 million in spending to state and local economies over three years, a boost of $14.8 million in sales tax revenue.


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Law Calls BS on Allegedly Stolen Bull

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Back in the day, cattle thieving was one of the things you could be hanged for without much in the way of a trial. Things have changed, but cattle are still a serious business in the Lone Star State.

Pro tip: When you're going to steal someone's bull, you'd best make sure said bull doesn't belong to anyone you live real close to. Selling the animal at a livestock show with lots of witnesses with a good memory for four-legged creatures is also decidedly unwise.


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Medical Board Beefs up Burzynski Complaint

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"Maybe in three years I get Nobel Prize, and you'll look like a shit," the good doctor told us in 2009.
The Texas Medical Board has enhanced its complaints against controversial Houston doctor (for loss of a better word) Stanislaw Burzynski, beefing up an eight-page complaint filed in December 2013 to a whopping 200, the Chron reports.

Filed July 9, the amended complaint came on the FDA's bewildering decision to lift a suspension on Burzynski's clinical trials involving an alleged cancer-fighting drug he calls antineoplastons. The FDA had partially suspended trials after the 2012 death of a six-year-old patient involved in one of the studies; the federal agency had also accused him of inaccurately reporting patient outcomes and failing to obtain some patients' informed consent.

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What if Texas Split Into Separate States as California Is Proposing?

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NEW TEXAS! YEE-HAW! (larger version at bottom of the post)
Apparently, the folks in California have done lost it. There is a ballot initiative being circulated that would divide the Golden State up into six separate states, increasing the United States to 55 states in the process. The proponent of this plan is some venture capitalist who really just wants to make Silicon Valley its own state so he can, ostensibly, make even more money than he already does. Nice plan, weirdo.

Besides, you can't try to pull a crazy stunt like this. Texas cornered the market, packaged and sold that kind of crazy LONG ago. We're the state whose governor actually suggested secession from America was a viable option. Our first flag was a canon with the words "Come and Take It" on it. You can't out crazy us, California, but nice try.

So, before you start trying to make us look sane and rational, we've come up with our own plan to divide Texas into five separate states, a plan that we thought up before you were even a state, California. Take that, Hollyweird.

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Texas Pretty Uptight, Study Shows

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We love Texas and all, but damn, can it be uptight -- at least according to research.

A recent study by psychology researchers at the University of Maryland-College Park ranked all 50 states (sorry, D.C.) by how uptight or loose they are when it came to enforcing rules and tolerating deviance. Texas came in as sixth most uptight.

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Texas Glory From Your Couch: San Jac EarthCam Goes Live

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Why look up when you can look down via webcam?

The Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Hagia Sophia and now the San Jacinto Monument.

Webcam manufacturer EarthCam's latest monument live cam hit the internet yesterday, right here in Texas, at the San Jacinto Monument. The camera is 540 feet in the air.

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Beagles Released After Years of Experimentation in Research Lab

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How many more dogs are being used for lab research in Texas?
A non-profit animal rescue group has negotiated the release of seven beagles who spent their lives being experimented on in a "border area lab."

Beagle Freedom Project's press release states that the five females and two males "have never been outside, played with a toy, or experienced human affection. Several of the dogs are nine years old and traumatized." All the dogs have been adopted and will meet their owners today in Hutto.

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The Seven Best Patriotic Things About Houston

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It's July 4, Independence Day. A day for Americans to get drunk in the name of patriotism.

And in that patriotic spirit, we know every city in the United States is American, but Houston might be the most 'Merican of them all. Here are seven reasons why:

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Harris County "Doing Well," But Some Surrounding Counties Are Doing Better

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Houston and Harris County aren't too bad.
Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston and Chambers counties make up a little East Texas pocket of "doing better."

That's according to a New York Times graphic released last week. The Times ranked every county in the United States by median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy, obesity and percentage of residents with at least a bachelor's degree. After averaging each county's relative rank in those categories to create an overall rank, The Times found Harris county and the surrounding counties to be doing quite well compared with others around the country.

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Supreme Court Nixes Buffers, But Texas Abortion Clinics Are Mostly Closing Anyway

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They, um, kind of did.

In the middle of the big Wendy Davis filibuster last year, it must have been tempting to think that something big was happening, that real change was afoot, or at least there was a chance the antiabortion law would be stopped.

Well, that was cute. It's been a year now, as of this week, and nothing much has happened except Davis isn't turning out to be quite the political superstar some thought she'd be, and most of the abortion clinics in Texas will be closed come September.


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