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Bar patron says he was assaulted, called gay slur by hotel bouncer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Bobby Beltran
Bobby Beltran, 31, says the incident occurred March 15 after he and a his friends were asked to leave the W Hotel bar because they were too drunk. [...]

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Texas lawmakers, conservative leaders celebrate 10 years of marriage inequality

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Republican leaders in Austin joined members of the conservative coalition Texas Values to slice a ceremonial cake on the 10th anniversary of the passage of the so-called Texas Marriage Amendment, which defined marriage as "one man and one woman" in Texas.
Several Texas lawmakers joined conservative leaders at the state capitol in Tuesday for a controversial slice of symbolic wedding cake in a 10th anniversary celebration of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Texas lawmaker files complaint against judge who allowed same-sex wedding

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tony Tinderholt
A state lawmaker's complaint has prompted the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct to investigate a judge who ordered the issuance of a marriage license to a same-sex couple. [...]

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Texas AG asks state Supreme Court to void same‑sex couple’s marriage

Friday, February 20, 2015
Sarah Goodfriend, left, and Suzanne Bryant celebrate with their daughters Dawn Goodfriend, left, 18, and Ting Goodfriend, 13, at Highland Lounge in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, after becoming the first legally married same-sex couple in Texas.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Friday the state's same-sex marriage ban has been "needlessly cast in doubt" after a judge gave a lesbian couple from Austin permission to tie the knot. Paxton warned of "legal chaos" if the state Supreme Court doesn't void their marriage and make clear [...]

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Texas AG seeks to block probate judge’s same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas)
Ken Paxton says Probate Judge Guy Herman's "misguided ruling does not change Texas law or allow the issuance of a marriage license to anyone other than one man and one woman." [...]

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Texas faith leaders gather at state capitol in support of marriage equality

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Rev. Michael Diaz, center, from Metropolitan Church in Houston, and other faith leaders and congregation members of various churches from around the state rally on the step of the Texas Capitol steps to call for more equality for same-sex couples, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Faith leaders rallied for marriage equality Tuesday at the Texas Capitol, seeking to convince lawmakers that expanding rights to LGBT Texans won't compromise their religious beliefs. [...]

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Probate judge rules Texas same‑sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Texas
A judge in Travis County, Texas, on Tuesday ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but the impact of the ruling remains unclear and the County Clerk declined to take any immediate action on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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No prison time for Army veteran who attacked gay men at Austin pride

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Lambert Borgardt
Lambert Borgardt was sentenced to 10 years probation and 200 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to assault charges. [...]

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Austin police department has its first openly transgender officer

Monday, November 24, 2014
Greg-Abbink
AUSTIN, Texas — The city of Austin, Texas now has it’s first openly transgender police officer. KXAN-TV reports that officer Greg Abbink has been on the police force for ten years, but it wasn’t until this year that he says he began transitioning. [...]

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NBA Hall of Famer says gay athletes face same question black athletes once faced

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Bill Russell
AUSTIN, Texas -- NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell says the fight for equality for gay athletes reminds him of the civil rights movement of African-Americans in the 1960s. [...]

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