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Report: Marriage equality would add $181 million, new jobs to Texas economy

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Texas
Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Texas would generate an estimated $181.6 million in spending to the state’s economy and generate over 1,500 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data — 46,401 same-sex couples...

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Retired Methodist pastor commits suicide to protest racism, homophobia

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Rev. Charles Moore
A retired United Methodist pastor who spent much of his life fighting against racial injustice, homophobia and the death penalty, has committed suicide in what was intended as a final protest and an act to inspire change. Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire in the parking lot of a strip mall in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas...

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Opponents of Houston equal rights law submit signatures for public vote

| Friday, July 4, 2014
Opponents of Houston's equal rights ordinance deliver boxes to the City Secretary containing thousands of signature calling for a ballot referendum.
HOUSTON — Opponents of Houston’s new LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance on Thursday delivered what they say are thousands of voters’ signatures requesting that it be repealed. The group, consisting of pastors and faith-based organizations, said they had collected more than 50,000 signatures calling for a ballot referendum aimed at repealing...

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U.S. Attorney would be first openly gay federal judge in Texas

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Robert Pitman
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. Pitman, who is openly gay, made history in 2011 when he became the first openly gay U.S. attorney in Texas. His confirmation to the court would be another historic event...

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Gay rights advocates rally at Texas Democratic Convention

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
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.
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 ...

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Suspect in deadly South Texas attack on two lesbian teens captured

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
Mary Chapa (left) and Mollie Olgin
HELOTES, Texas -- A suspect in a 2012 attack at a South Texas park that left a woman dead and her girlfriend injured has been captured near San Antonio. The San Patricio County Sheriff's Office on Saturday said 27-year-old David Malcom Strickland faces transfer to the jail in Sinton.

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Texas man admits abducting, severely beating gay man he met online

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Brice Johnson
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A North Texas man has pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge, admitting that he abducted and severely beat a gay man he met through an online service.

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Judge denies Texas dads parental rights to biological twin sons

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
KDFW
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A judge in Texas has denied a same-sex couple's petition to adopt their month-old twin boys. Jason Hannah and Joe Riggs are the proud fathers of twins Lucas and Ethan, who were born of the same surrogate mother. Each biologically fathered one of the twins, and the boys — who are half-brothers — share an egg donor.

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Texas lawmaker pens letter to lesbian daughter pledging support for gay rights

| Sunday, June 15, 2014
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
In an open letter to his lesbian daughter, a Texas state lawmaker is using Father's Day to come out in support of gay rights. "It saddens me to know that you live your life in a society that views you as "different," or as someone who should not enjoy the same basic rights as a straight person does," writes Texas State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen).

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Texas GOP approves platform endorsing ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called "reparative therapy" for gays under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention. Roughly 7,000 delegates Saturday ratified the platform without debating their party's stance on homosexuality on the convention floor.

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