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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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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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Rabbi who presided over same‑sex wedding leads Texas House in prayer

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Sarah Goodfriend, left, and Suzanne Bryant hold hands with Rabbi Kerry Baker during their wedding ceremony outside of the Travis County Clerk's office in Austin, Texas on Thursday morning, Feb. 19, 2015.
The rabbi who defied Texas' same-sex marriage ban and wed a lesbian couple last week led the morning prayer in the Republican-dominated Texas House on Wednesday, catching staunch supporters of the prohibition off-guard. [...]

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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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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Marriage News Watch, February 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015
Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were Thursday this morning alongside their daughters in Travis County, Texas.
A few judges are still refusing to see gay and lesbian couples in Alabama. Texas has had its first lesbian marriage, and now state officials are scrambling to find a way to undo it. [...]

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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 Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages after lesbian couple weds

Thursday, February 19, 2015
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The Texas Supreme Court has issued a stay against other same-sex marriages after a lesbian couple married earlier Thursday in Travis County. [...]

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Same-sex couple married in Travis County, Texas, despite gay marriage ban

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Suzanne Bryant, left, and Sarah Goodfriend, right, pose with their marriage license following a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Despite Texas' statewide ban on gay marriage, county officials in Austin have married a same-sex couple under a one-time court order issued for medical reasons. Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the state’s highest civil court to swiftly halt the order that allowed the couple to marry. [...]

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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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
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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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