Around the South for May 18: TX, FL & NC

Texas: Gay marriage ban fails. Democratic state representatives on Friday used a series of delaying tactics to prevent Republican lawmakers from passing an anti-same-sex marriage bill. The measure would have prohibited local officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Democrats’ efforts, however, delayed a vote on the bill until a midnight deadline had passed ……. North Carolina: Cruz, Walker visit. South Carolina is not getting all the attention in the GOP presidential contest. When Tar Heel Republicans hold their state convention on June 6, Ted Cruz, an announced presidential candidate, and Scott Walker, a likely contender, will be among the speakers ……. Florida: Schultz, Hastings hold criminal justice meetings. US Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Alcee Hastings are continuing to hold a series of closed-door meetings that include both law enforcement officials and civil rights leaders. Schultz told the Sun-Sentinel that she hoped the sessions would become “a model for the nation for how we can make sure we dramatically improve … the relationship between law enforcement and the community.” …….