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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.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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No prison time for Army veteran who attacked gay men at Austin pride

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Lambert Borgardt
Lambert Borgardt was sentenced to 10 years probation and 200 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to assault charges. [...]

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Texas lawmakers introduce joint adoption bills for LGBT parents

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) and Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) filed companion bills Wednesday to amend the Texas Health and Safety Code. [...]

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U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Robert-Pitman
Robert Pitman becomes the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas, and also assumes a seat that had been vacant for more than six years. [...]

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Veterinarian posts anti-gay message on sign outside Texas animal clinic

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Dr. Jody Kincaid next to his anti-gay message displayed outside his veterinary clinic in Anthony, Texas.
Dr. Jody Kincaid put up the message -- "The GLBT Agenda is bad for America" -- on the marquee at his Animal Clinic in Anthony, Texas. [...]

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Judge won’t allow same-sex marriages in Texas while case is being appealed

Friday, December 12, 2014
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U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia suggested to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals would likely put the stay back in place in the Texas case if he lifted it. [...]

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Texas pastor says ‘dirty faggots’ want to snatch and rape your kids

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Pastor-Donnie-Romero
Arizona pastor Steven Anderson, infamous for his calls for gays to be put to death, has found a Texas pastor eager to help him spread his message. [...]

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Plano, Texas, city council adds LGBT protections to equal rights ordinance

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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The Plano, Texas, city council has approved an amendment to the city's equal rights ordinance to include protections for LGBT residents. [...]

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Texas plaintiffs ask judge to lift stay on same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, November 24, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Plaintiffs in a challenge to Texas' ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal judge to lift his stay on an ruling striking down the ban earlier this year. [...]

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Austin police department has its first openly transgender officer

Monday, November 24, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas — The city of Austin, Texas now has it’s first openly transgender police officer. KXAN-TV reports that officer Greg Abbink has been on the police force for ten years, but it wasn’t until this year that he says he began transitioning. [...]

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Texas man sentenced to 15 years in brutal attack on gay man he met online

Monday, November 17, 2014
Brice-Johnson
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A federal judge has sentenced a North Texas man to more than 15 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and severely beat a gay man he met through an online service. [...]

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