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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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Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) will face off in November in the Texas governor's race.

Marriage lawsuits could help Davis, hurt Abbott in Texas governors race

Monday, February 17, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Greg Abbott's job as Texas' top lawyer placed him in the line of fire last week when his likely Democratic opponent in the governor's race called on him to stop defending lawsuits over same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound. [ Read more → ]
AP Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is the leading Democratic candidate for governor.

Texas gubernatorial candidate calls on AG to stop defending gay marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014
SAN ANTONIO -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports same-sex marriage and called on her opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]
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Texas court reverses decision that voided transgender widow’s marriage

Thursday, February 13, 2014
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze. [ Read more → ]
Eric Gay, APCouples (from left) Cleopatra De Leon and  Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss, talk with the media after as they leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Antonio.

Federal judge hears challenge to Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Attorneys for two same-sex couples have faced off with the Texas attorney general's office over whether a federal judge should lift the state ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Lisa Krantz, The San Antonio Express-News (AP)Cleo DeLeon, left, and Nicole Dimetman play with their son at their home in Austin, Texas.

Judge to hear challenge of Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Two gay couples challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage will take their case to federal court on Wednesday in the wake of recent legal victories in two other conservative states. [ Read more → ]
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Texas county benefits plan to cover workers’ same-sex partners

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Bexar County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a provision that would allow county benefits to be extended to employees' same-sex partners. [ Read more → ]
Pat Sullivan, APInmates hang out on their bunks in a new unit in the Harris County Jail for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates in Houston.

In Harris County, Texas, jail confronts issue of safety for LGBT inmates

Sunday, February 2, 2014
The Harris County Jail in Houston, the third-largest in the country which processes some 125,000 inmates annually, is one of many nationwide implementing changes to the way it treats its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population. The changes stem from a law passed by Congress under former President George W. Bush that requires federal, state and local lockups to eliminate rape in part by adjusting regulations about how the population lives behind bars. [ Read more → ]
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker, at their wedding ceremony on Jan. 16, 2014.

Houston mayor fires back at critics over her same-sex marriage: ‘Get over it!’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston mayor Annise Parker is firing back at Republicans who say her marriage to longtime partner last week was politically motivated. [ Read more → ]
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker

Houston mayor Annise Parker weds longtime partner in Palm Springs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard have married in California. [ Read more → ]
Houston mayor Annise Parker

Lambda Legal seeks to combine lawsuits over Houston same-sex couple benefits

Thursday, January 9, 2014
HOUSTON -- Lambda Legal on Thursday asked a U.S. District Court judge to combine two separate lawsuits filed against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston, one seeking to prevent and the other to preserve spousal benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal

Federal judge refuses to halt same-sex benefits for Houston city employees

Friday, January 3, 2014
HOUSTON -- The same-sex spouses of Houston city employees will keep their benefits for now, after a federal judge on Thursday denied a request for a restraining order that would have halted them. [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, AP (File)The 1993 Houston Oilers team contained two gay members, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Report: Houston Oilers had two gay players in 1993, teammates didn’t care

Friday, December 27, 2013
HOUSTON — Long before the question of whether the NFL is ready for a gay player, at least two key members of the tumultuous 1993 Houston Oilers team were gay, former teammates have told the Houston Chronicle. [ Read more → ]
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Houston city workers file suit seeking equal benefits for same-sex spouses

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Lambda Legal on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston seeking to preserve spousal benefits, including health insurance, covering the same-sex spouses of city employees. [ Read more → ]
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Gay couple kicked out of South Texas bar for dancing together

Monday, December 23, 2013
VICTORIA, Texas -- A gay couple says they were kicked out of a South Texas country-western bar because of their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
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Judge halts same-sex benefits in Houston after GOP chair files lawsuit

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
HOUSTON -- A Harris County, Texas, judge issued an order Tuesday blocking the city of Houston from providing benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees pending a hearing in January. [ Read more → ]
Texas state capitol in Austin.

Gay rights fight comes to Texas, despite ban on same-sex marriage

Sunday, December 1, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- One couple wants to get married, while the other just wants theirs recognized. A third couple wants a divorce, while the fourth wants theirs finalized. If all win their lawsuits, they could overturn the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss

Two same-sex couples challenging Texas’ ban on gay marriage

Friday, November 29, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- Two same-sex couples have challenged Texas' constitutional ban on gay marriage in a San Antonio federal court, and a federal judge could hear arguments as soon as January, an attorney for the couples said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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Texas National Guard to allow same-sex couples to register for benefits

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits. [ Read more → ]
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Houston to offer benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
HOUSTON -- Houston will provide health care and life insurance benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of city employees, officials announced Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Timothy Duplaisir (left) and James Arnt Aune.

Man gets year in prison for posing as transgender girl to extort professor

Monday, November 18, 2013
HOUSTON -- A Louisiana man was sentenced to a year in prison Monday for running an extortion scheme that authorities believe led a Texas A&M University professor to commit suicide by jumping to his death from a campus parking garage. [ Read more → ]
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Texas county adopts sweeping policy to protect LGBT inmates

Thursday, November 14, 2013
HOUSTON -- The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates, including allowing transgender individuals to be housed based on the gender they identify with instead of their biological sex. [ Read more → ]
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Texas school denies transgender teen’s right to wear tuxedo in yearbook photo

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
LA FERIA, Texas -- As a senior at La Feria High School, Jeydon Loredo looked forward to his senior portrait appearing in his school’s yearbook. [ Read more → ]
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Texas Supreme Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday about whether the state can grant divorces to gay couples married elsewhere despite its own constitutional ban on gay marriage, in one of the first serious challenges to that 2005 amendment. [ Read more → ]
Annise Parker

Annise Parker wins re-election in Houston mayoral race

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
HOUSTON — Houston Mayor Annise Parker was elected on Tuesday to a third and final term as the leader of the nation's fourth largest city. [ Read more → ]
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