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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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A gay dad’s letter to Austin Wallis, and the high school that rejected him

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Austin Wallis (right) is comforted by his boyfriend, Nicolay.
The world of teens and tweens can be a treacherous one. As the dad to two 12 year olds, I see it as a world where childhood cushions and play have fallen away and new, somewhat complex challenges have emerged. It is a world where peer relationships and socializations... [...]

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No clear decision on Houston equal rights ordinance as jurors reach mixed verdict

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Opponents of Houston's equal rights ordinance deliver boxes to the City Secretary containing thousands of signature calling for a ballot referendum.
The city of Houston claimed victory after a jury found that opponents of a controversial Equal Rights Ordinance submitted petitions that contained forgery and other flaws, but the outcome remains undecided. [...]

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Texas plaintiffs ask federal appeals court to allow same-sex marriages

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Texas plaintiffs (from left) Vic Holmes, Mark Phariss, Nicole Dimetman and Cleopatra de Leon.
Plaintiffs in the federal challenge to Texas' same-sex marriage ban are asking a federal appeals court to allow same-sex couples to begin marrying in the Lone Star state. [...]

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Cruz reintroduces bill to strip federal marriage benefits in states where gay marriage not legal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, a bill that would require the federal government to recognize only marriages that are valid under the laws of the state in which a couple reside. [...]

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Texas College football player charged with the murder of a transgender woman

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Carlton Ray Champion Jr. (left) and Ty Underwood
Investigators says Carlton Ray Champion Jr., 21, is charged in the death of Ty Underwood, 24, whom police said Champion was briefly involved with in a romantic relationship. [...]

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Gay teen leaves Christian school after being told to delete his YouTube videos

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Austin Wallis
A 17-year-old openly gay teen says he was forced to change schools after being given an ultimatum by the his principal to delete his YouTube videos or find another school. [...]

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Jury deliberates over petitions at center of embattled Houston equal rights ordinance

Friday, February 6, 2015
Houston, Texas
A jury is being asked to weigh about six questions that ultimately will help a judge decide whether the city incorrectly invalidated a petition that opponents of the law submitted in an attempt to force a repeal referendum. [...]

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First LGBT magazine launches in East Texas

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
echomag
Echo Magazine is the first magazine in East Texas targeted to the LGBT community and launched its first issue this week. [...]

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Police search for clues in murder of transgender woman in Texas

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ty Underwood
Police in Tyler, Texas are searching for clues after a transgender woman was shot to death early Monday morning. [...]

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Meet the group working to repeal Texas’ LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination laws

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
David Welch
Several Texas cities have taken the historic step of passing non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people, only to see those laws challenged by the extreme right-wing U.S. Pastor Council -- a group that has labeled gay people "forces of spiritual darkness." [...]

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