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Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and recognition of other forms of same-sex partnership solemnized in other jurisdictions, was approved by voters in November 2005. The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in federal court in three separate cases: De Leon v. Perry, McNosky v. Perry, and Zahrn v. Perry.

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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 The subpoenas have since been withdrawn, but that has done nothing to rein in Robertson, who warned today on ...

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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 city of Houston made history by enacting the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and several other categories...

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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HOUSTON -- Houston city attorneys have withdrawn subpoenas that sought speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender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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Don’t plan on getting ‘gay-married’ in Texas before 2016

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Texas
Plaintiffs and their attorneys in a lawsuit challenging Texas’ same-sex marriage bans say they’re disappointed that oral arguments won’t be held until January at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. ... The disappointment is understandable, and we all want marriage equality in Texas as soon as humanly possible. But the fact is there was never much a chance for the Texas or Louisiana cases to get to the Supreme Court in 2015. The last, best hope for that is the...

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5th Circuit schedules hearings in appeals of Texas, Louisiana gay marriage rulings

Monday, October 27, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday scheduled oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana. The court set arguments for both cases to be heard during the week of January 5, 2015.

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Lambda Legal files suit against SSA over denial of same-sex survivor benefits

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Social-Security
WASHINGTON -- Lambda Legal has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Houston mayor: ‘two moms’ caused daughter’s driver’s license woes

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Annise Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker says her daughter faced difficulty in getting a Texas driver's license because she listed two mothers as her parents on her application.

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Would Texas AG have also defended his state’s ban on interracial marriage?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Greg Abbott
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has led his state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban, has repeatedly said his role is to defend state laws. So the question was posed, would Abbott have also fought to defend the old Texas law banning interracial marriages?

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Houston city attorneys change approach to sermon subpoenas

Friday, October 17, 2014
Annise-Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston city attorneys are no longer seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. Mayor Annise Parker said Friday that the city was backing off the sermon request but would not withdraw the subpoenas, which seek other...

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Ted Cruz criticizes Houston subpoenas as ‘abuse of government power’

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ted Cruz
HOUSTON -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told congregants of his home church Thursday that the city of Houston abused power by subpoenaing sermons and other documents from pastors who publicly opposed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. Cruz, standing among more than a dozen clergy at First Baptist Church...

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