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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. [

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Anti-gay hate group launches new website

Monday, August 24, 2015
An image featured on Campaign For Houston's website.
"No men in women’s bathrooms. Let me tell you why." ...

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Ballot wording for Houston gay rights ordinance rejected

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Annise Parker
The ruling Wednesday over ballot wording for a November referendum was another stumble for Mayor Annise Parker. ...

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Texas court sidelines LGBT equal rights ordinance

Friday, July 24, 2015
The ruling is similar to what other big Texas cities have adopted, and aims to protect gay and transgender people against discrimination in employment and public places.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is gay, helped push for the ordinance passed by the City Council last year. Opponents have fought it ever since. ...

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Houston LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance prevails as judge backs city in court challenge

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Houston
A state judge ruled Friday that the city of Houston was within its rights to reject a petition circulated by conservative activists that would have referred the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance to city voters. ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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