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Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest city in the United States. It is the seat of Harris County, and its metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in the U.S., with over 6 million people. [ Wikipedia ]

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A gay dad’s letter to Austin Wallis, and the high school that rejected him

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Austin Wallis (right) is comforted by his boyfriend, Nicolay.
The world of teens and tweens can be a treacherous one. As the dad to two 12 year olds, I see it as a world where childhood cushions and play have fallen away and new, somewhat complex challenges have emerged. It is a world where peer relationships and socializations... [...]

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No clear decision on Houston equal rights ordinance as jurors reach mixed verdict

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Opponents of Houston's equal rights ordinance deliver boxes to the City Secretary containing thousands of signature calling for a ballot referendum.
The city of Houston claimed victory after a jury found that opponents of a controversial Equal Rights Ordinance submitted petitions that contained forgery and other flaws, but the outcome remains undecided. [...]

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Gay teen leaves Christian school after being told to delete his YouTube videos

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Austin Wallis
A 17-year-old openly gay teen says he was forced to change schools after being given an ultimatum by the his principal to delete his YouTube videos or find another school. [...]

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Jury deliberates over petitions at center of embattled Houston equal rights ordinance

Friday, February 6, 2015
Houston, Texas
A jury is being asked to weigh about six questions that ultimately will help a judge decide whether the city incorrectly invalidated a petition that opponents of the law submitted in an attempt to force a repeal referendum. [...]

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Texas lawmakers plan legislation to void LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination laws

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Plano-TX
The proposed measure would nullify existing LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances in cities that are home to roughly 7.5 million Texans, more than one-quarter of the state’s population. [...]

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Judge orders end to Houston same-sex spouse benefits; city says they’ll remain

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Jared Woodfill
HOUSTON -- A state court judge in Texas on Wednesday ordered the city of Houston to stop providing benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees, but city officials say a federal court has already ruled that the benefits can continue. [...]

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Family, activists want attack on gay Texas teen investigated as a hate crime

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Dylan Beard
HOUSTON -- The family of a Texas teen who says he was lured to a local park only to be jumped and beaten because he is gay, is calling for the attack to be investigated as a hate crime. Dylan Beard, 17, suffered a bloodied tongue, a broken nose, a [...]

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Pat Robertson warns God may punish Houston for defending ‘militant homosexuals’

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Pat Robertson
Last week, Pat Robertson reacted to a case in Houston in which a group of pastors were subpoenaed as part of the discovery process in a lawsuit over the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance by calling gay rights advocates “terrorists.” The subpoenas have since been withdrawn, but that has done nothing to [...]

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How Fox News is trying to kill Houston’s LGBT equal rights ordinance

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Fox-News
Fox News helped turn a bogus story about subpoenas sent to a handful of Houston pastors into a national rallying cry for religious liberty. Now the network is helping promote an event that will pit some of the country's most extreme anti-LGBT voices against the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. In May, the [...]

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Houston withdraws subpoenas for Texas pastors’ speeches

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Annise Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston city attorneys have withdrawn subpoenas that sought speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents, the mayor said Wednesday. [...]

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