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

Monday, November 24, 2014
Texas
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
Greg-Abbink
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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Texas lawmaker introduces bill to allow ‘religious’ discrimination against gays

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Donna Campbell
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas state lawmaker has introduced a bill aimed at making it legal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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Judge orders end to Houston same-sex spouse benefits; city says they’ll remain

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Jared Woodfill
HOUSTON -- A state court judge in Texas on Wednesday ordered the city of Houston to stop providing benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees, but city officials say a federal court has already ruled that the benefits can continue. [...]

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Dallas voters approve protections for LGBT city employees

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Dallas
DALLAS -- Voters in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a change to the city charter that would add protections for LGBT city workers. [...]

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Family, activists want attack on gay Texas teen investigated as a hate crime

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Dylan Beard
HOUSTON -- The family of a Texas teen who says he was lured to a local park only to be jumped and beaten because he is gay, is calling for the attack to be investigated as a hate crime. Dylan Beard, 17, suffered a bloodied tongue, a broken nose, a [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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