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Laura Jane Klug

School district reinstates suspended transgender substitute teacher

Friday, April 11, 2014
LUMBERTON, Texas — A transgender substitute teacher who was told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained that she was a "distraction" to their 10 and 11-year old children, has been reinstated. [ Read more → ]
Bill Russell

NBA Hall of Famer says gay athletes face same question black athletes once faced

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell says the fight for equality for gay athletes reminds him of the civil rights movement of African-Americans in the 1960s. [ Read more → ]

Texas school suspends transgender substitute teacher after parents complain

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LUMBERTON, Texas -- A transgender substitute teacher said she has been told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained about her. [ Read more → ]
Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit in Texas

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian couple’s 3-year-old son rejected by Texas school for having two moms

Friday, March 28, 2014
BEDFORD, Texas -- A lesbian couple in Bedford, Texas claim their son was turned away from a local Montessori school because he had two moms. [ Read more → ]
Crystal Jackson (left), and Britney Cosby were murdered last week and found dumped near a convenience store in Port Bolivar, Texas.

Relatives speak out about lesbian couple found murdered in Texas

Saturday, March 15, 2014
GALVESTON, Texas — Relatives of one of two Houston women found dead near a garbage bin are offering different takes on the relationship between the woman and her father. [ Read more → ]
James Crosby

Father suspected in double homicide jotted anti-gay notes on his Koran

Friday, March 14, 2014
HOUSTON -- A family spokesperson says James Larry Cosby, the father of one of two women whose bodies were found dumped outside a South Texas convenience store last week and now in custody in connection with their murders, is a practicing Muslim who made notes about his anti-gay views on his Koran. [ Read more → ]
James Crosby

Father of victim in Texas double homicide arrested in connection with murders

Thursday, March 13, 2014
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas — The father of one of two women whose bodies were found dumped outside a South Texas convenience store last week has been arrested in connection with their murders. [ Read more → ]
Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson (left), and a police sketch of a man sought in connection with their murders.

Autopsies reveal causes of death in murders of Texas lesbian couple

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas -- Officials in Galveston County, Texas, said Monday that the deaths of a lesbian couple from Houston have officially been ruled as homicides. [ Read more → ]

Investigators release sketch of suspect in murder of Texas lesbian couple

Monday, March 10, 2014
GALVESTON, Texas — Investigators in Galveston County, Texas, have released a sketch of a suspect in connection with the deaths of a lesbian couple from Houston whose bodies were found outside a South Texas convenience store on Friday. [ Read more → ]

Police investigating murder of lesbian couple found near store dumpster

Sunday, March 9, 2014
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas -- Deputies in Galveston County, Texas, are investigating the murder of a lesbian couple from Houston whose bodies were discovered next to a convenience store dumpster in Port Bolivar, Texas, on Friday morning. [ Read more → ]

Austin dentist provides free dental reconstruction for hate crime victim

Thursday, March 6, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas man who had nine of his teeth knocked out in a violent assault during Austin's gay pride weekend in 2012, is sporting a new smile thanks to the goodwill of an Austin dentist. [ Read more → ]

Dallas city council passes resolution in support of LGBT community

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
DALLAS -- The Dallas city council on Wednesday passed a “comprehensive statement of support” for the city's LGBT employees and residents in an effort to address inequalities in city employment, healthcare and lobbying efforts. [ Read more → ]
Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott set to face off for Texas governor

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans picked the state's attorney general in the fight to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry, while a rising Democratic star coasted to her party's nomination Tuesday night during the nation's first statewide primary. [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general against longtime gay friend

Friday, February 28, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Jerry Lara, APPlaintiffs (from left) Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, and Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes, give a news conference in San Antonio on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 after U.S. Federal Judge Orlando Garcia declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional.

Texas files notice to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, February 27, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas has officially given notice it will appeal a federal judge's decision to lift the state's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Greg Abbott

Texas AG Greg Abbott promises to fight same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has promised to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge strikes down Texas ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has struck down Texas' ban on gay marriage, but is leaving it in place pending a ruling by an appeals court later this year. [ Read more → ]

Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]
Arron Keahey

Federal prosecutors charge Texas man with hate crime in attack on gay man

Friday, February 21, 2014
DALLAS — Federal prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old North Texas man of a hate crime for an attack that left a gay man hospitalized for 10 days with skull and face fractures. [ Read more → ]
Dallas, Texas

Dallas city council committee advances ‘statement of support’ for LGBT residents

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
DALLAS -- A Dallas City Council committee on Tuesday voted in favor of a “comprehensive statement of support” for its LGBT employees and residents in an effort to address inequalities in city employment, healthcare and lobbying efforts. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) will face off in November in the Texas governor's race.

Marriage lawsuits could help Davis, hurt Abbott in Texas governors race

Monday, February 17, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Greg Abbott's job as Texas' top lawyer placed him in the line of fire last week when his likely Democratic opponent in the governor's race called on him to stop defending lawsuits over same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound. [ Read more → ]
AP Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is the leading Democratic candidate for governor.

Texas gubernatorial candidate calls on AG to stop defending gay marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014
SAN ANTONIO -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports same-sex marriage and called on her opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]
Nikki Araguz

Texas court reverses decision that voided transgender widow’s marriage

Thursday, February 13, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze. [ Read more → ]
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