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Texas AG seeks to block probate judge’s same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas)
Ken Paxton says Probate Judge Guy Herman's "misguided ruling does not change Texas law or allow the issuance of a marriage license to anyone other than one man and one woman." [...]

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Texas faith leaders gather at state capitol in support of marriage equality

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Rev. Michael Diaz, center, from Metropolitan Church in Houston, and other faith leaders and congregation members of various churches from around the state rally on the step of the Texas Capitol steps to call for more equality for same-sex couples, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Faith leaders rallied for marriage equality Tuesday at the Texas Capitol, seeking to convince lawmakers that expanding rights to LGBT Texans won't compromise their religious beliefs. [...]

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Probate judge rules Texas same‑sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Texas
A judge in Travis County, Texas, on Tuesday ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but the impact of the ruling remains unclear and the County Clerk declined to take any immediate action on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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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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