The rights of same-sex parents in texas are at the center of allegations leveled this month against judge john r. Roach, who presides over the 296th district court in mckinney. On may 8, state resident page price claimed in a facebook post that roach had enforced a morality clause in a custody agreement between her lesbian partner, carolyn compton, and comptons ex-husband. in texas, a lesbian couple is suing in federal court after being told they dont mirror the holy family and cant foster refugee kids, the dallas morning news reports. Some of the arguments at play mirror those that made headlines last year when the texas legislature passed a law to protect the conscience rights of faith-based adoption agencies that receive state funds. one parent is biologically the child of one parent and the other parent adopts the child. Child born to a legally recognized marriage where the law recognizes the non-biological parent as a presumptive legal parent. While some states may recognize the third option as a route to legal parenthood, texas is not one of them at this time. In an era where lesbian, gay and transgender persons are working towards gaining more widespread acceptance of their lifestyles it would only make sense for the legal system to follow suit and honor their rights as parents of children. Fair and equal treatment under the law is what all citizens of the united states seek and these folks are no different. Last month, the texarkana court of appeals quietly released an opinion that should have some big shockwaves through lgbt family law in texas. , the texarakana court affirmed the decision of the trial court to grant a second parent adoption over the objection of the adoptive parent and after the parties divorce. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer (lgbt) people in texas face legal and social challenges and discrimination not faced by other people. On june 26, 2015, the supreme court of the united states ruled bans on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional in obergefell v. Texas has a hate crime statute that strengthens penalties for. , texas house bill 3859 allows state-funded child welfare agencies in that state to discriminate against prospective parents on the. Nbc out michigan student with lesbian parents stopped by teacher from writing about gay marriage. but for some gay and lesbian parents, that nightmare is a reality and the deciding factor is too often the very fact of their sexuality. gay parents dining at a restaurant with their children are berated and discriminated against by their waitress.