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Gay rights advocates rally at Texas Democratic Convention

Sunday, June 29, 2014
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Eli Olivarez, president of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus, leads the group as they march across the floor of Dallas Convention Center during the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas, Saturday, June 28, 2014. LM Otero, AP

Eli Olivarez, president of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus, leads the group as they march across the floor of Dallas Convention Center during the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas, Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Members of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus march across the floor during the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas, Saturday, June 28, 2014. The Stonewall Democrats stormed the floor during a speech by state Sen. Royce West, whose district is hosting the gathering. LM Otero, AP

Members of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus march across the floor during the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas, Saturday, June 28, 2014. The Stonewall Democrats stormed the floor during a speech by state Sen. Royce West, whose district is hosting the gathering.

DALLAS — About two dozen gay pride advocates have waved flags and signs during the final day of the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas.

Members of the Stonewall Democrats on Saturday stormed the floor during a speech by state Sen. Royce West, whose district is hosting the gathering.

Activists waved rainbow flags and homemade signs, then posed for a group picture as West called from the stage, “We’re here for you.”

The demonstration was focused more on state politics than same-sex marriage rights since, at the Texas Republican Convention two weeks ago, delegates approved a party platform sanctioning therapy to turn gay people straight.

A federal judge has declared the Texas gay marriage ban unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction. The state is appealing.

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