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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Same-sex marriage advocates battle in court

A federal court in San Antonio will hear arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the legitimacy of Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. It is one of several cases pending in courts statewide, a venue in which gay rights activists say their odds of winning legal protections are far better than in the conservative state Legislature.

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Federal judge reconsiders Planet K car case

A federal judge who threw out Planet K's suit against San Marcos in March recently decided to reconsider whether a junked car is an appropriate vehicle for an artistic statement.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

When is a car not a car?

Though Federal Judge Sam Sparks recently ruled for San Marcos against Planet K in their junk vehicle case, he did not rule as to whether the car-turned-planter is a car or a planter. That remains a philosophical...