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Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general against longtime gay friend

Friday, February 28, 2014
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When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend's bedside. They were law school pals who swapped stories over dinner, job leads and airport rides, and they still exchange Christmas cards today. Their friendship is now at an extraordinary junction: Phariss, who is gay, filed the Texas lawsuit that a federal judge used this week to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Gay rights fight comes to Texas, despite ban on same-sex marriage

Sunday, December 1, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- One couple wants to get married, while the other just wants theirs recognized. A third couple wants a divorce, while the fourth wants theirs finalized. If all win their lawsuits, they could overturn the Texas ban on same-sex marriage.

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Two same-sex couples challenging Texas’ ban on gay marriage

Friday, November 29, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Two same-sex couples have challenged Texas' constitutional ban on gay marriage in a San Antonio federal court, and a federal judge could hear arguments as soon as January, an attorney for the couples said Wednesday.

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