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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 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 The subpoenas have since been withdrawn, but that has done nothing to [...]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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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. [...]

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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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