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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.

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Houston city council approves LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Houston, Texas
Houston city leaders on Wednesday approved expanded anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents in a measure that critics argued would impede their religious liberties.

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Dallas host: ESPN airing Michael Sam kiss ‘shocking,’ strippers OK for a.m. TV

| Friday, May 16, 2014
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After the internet exploded earlier this week with video of Dallas morning show host Amy Kushnir storming off the set amid a heated debate over ESPN’s broadcast of Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend, Kushnir took to Fox News on Thursday to further lament that the kiss was “shocking,” “inappropriate” and “over the top.”

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Texas judge blocks state from intervening in gay couple’s divorce case

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO -- A Texas judge has rejected a push by state officials to block a same-sex couple’s divorce and child-custody case from proceeding.

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Houston city council delays vote on LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Houston, Texas
HOUSTON -- The Houston City Council has delayed a vote on a proposed ordinance to extend a city ban on discrimination to protect gay, lesbian and transgender citizens.

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Dallas morning show anchor storms off set during Michael Sam kiss discussion

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Dallas morning show host Amy Kushnir stormed off the set of KTXD-TV's "The Broadcast" on Tuesday following a heated discussion of whether ESPN should have broadcast Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on hearing the news he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

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Hundreds rally outside Houston city hall to protest equal rights ordinance

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Hundreds gather outside Houston City Hall on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, to protest a proposed ant-discrimination ordinance.
HOUSTON -- Various pastors along with several hundred people gathered outside Houston City Hall to protest a proposed ordinance that would expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents.

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Houston city council delays vote on equal rights ordinance

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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HOUSTON -- The Houston city council has delayed a vote on whether to approve an ordinance consolidating its bans on discrimination based on sex, race, age and religion, and expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents.

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Transgender woman alleges housing discrimination by Salvation Army

| Sunday, May 4, 2014
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DALLAS -- A transgender woman facing homelessness has filed a lawsuit with the Fair Housing Office in Dallas after being denied housing by the Salvation Army because she has not undergone gender reassignment surgery.

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Texas appeals court blocks ruling in same-sex couple’s divorce case

| Saturday, April 26, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A Texas state appeals court has halted divorce and child custody proceedings for two San Antonio women who were legally married out of state.

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Judge in same-sex divorce case rules Texas gay marriage ban unconstitutional

| Thursday, April 24, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A state district judge in Texas has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, “paving the way for a San Antonio couple's divorce proceedings and subsequent child custody battle to continue.”

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