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Volunteer firefighters face charges for sexually penetrating trainee during ‘hazing’ incident

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
From top left: Alec Miller, 28; Preston Peyrot, 19; Keith Wisakowsky, 26. From bottom left: Brittany Parten, 23; Casey Stafford, 30 and Jerold Tucker, 19.
Six individuals, including five volunteer firefighters are facing criminal charges in Ellis County, Texas, after a trainee reported he had been sexually penetrated with a sausage during a "hazing" incident. [...]

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Texas could be next state engulfed in religious freedom debate

Monday, April 6, 2015
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Could the uproar over religious freedom laws that engulfed Indiana and Arkansas be coming to Texas? The next couple weeks in the Legislature should provide the answer. [...]

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15 states urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans

Monday, April 6, 2015
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Eight states where same-sex couples can marry are among 15 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers. [...]

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Texas GOP budget proposal cuts $3 million in HIV funds, boosts abstinence education

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
Texas would cut $3 million from programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and spend that money instead on abstinence education under a contentious GOP-sponsored measure tucked into the state budget. [...]

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DOJ asks Texas judge to reconsider ruling blocking FMLA benefits for same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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The U.S. Justice Department is appealing a federal judge in Texas' temporarily blocking federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to married, same-sex couples. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015
Suzanne Bryant, left, and Sarah Goodfriend, right, pose with their marriage license following a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Texas has won the right to have gays and lesbians fired for taking medical leave. The state's also working on a sneaky work-around to stop marriage equality, just in case the Supreme Court overturns the state's ban. [...]

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Federal judge in Texas temporarily blocks FMLA benefits for married, same‑sex couples

Thursday, March 26, 2015
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A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration from implementing a new rule under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that extends equal benefits to married, same-sex couples. [...]

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Texas lawmakers hear bill banning issuing of same-sex marriage licenses

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear same-sex marriage arguments this summer. The bill aims to ensure that, regardless of their ruling, same-sex marriage would face challenges in Texas. [...]

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Bar patron says he was assaulted, called gay slur by hotel bouncer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Bobby Beltran
Bobby Beltran, 31, says the incident occurred March 15 after he and a his friends were asked to leave the W Hotel bar because they were too drunk. [...]

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Texas lawmakers to hear bill to block marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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A contentious debate is expected as a Texas House committee hears a bill barring state and local employees from licensing or recognizing same-sex marriages - even if the U.S. Supreme Court authorizes them. [...]

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