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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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U.S. Attorney would be first openly gay federal judge in Texas

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Robert Pitman
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. Pitman, who is openly gay, made history in 2011 when he became the first openly gay U.S. attorney in Texas. His confirmation to the court would be another historic event...

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Gay rights advocates rally at Texas Democratic Convention

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Eli Olivarez, president of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus, leads the group as they march across the floor of Dallas Convention Center during the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas, Saturday, June 28, 2014.
DALLAS -- About two dozen gay pride advocates have waved flags and signs during the final day of the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas. Members of the Stonewall Democrats on Saturday stormed the floor during a speech by state Sen. Royce West, whose district is hosting the gathering. Activists waved rainbow flags and homemade signs ...

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Suspect in deadly South Texas attack on two lesbian teens captured

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
Mary Chapa (left) and Mollie Olgin
HELOTES, Texas -- A suspect in a 2012 attack at a South Texas park that left a woman dead and her girlfriend injured has been captured near San Antonio. The San Patricio County Sheriff's Office on Saturday said 27-year-old David Malcom Strickland faces transfer to the jail in Sinton.

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Texas man admits abducting, severely beating gay man he met online

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Brice Johnson
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A North Texas man has pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge, admitting that he abducted and severely beat a gay man he met through an online service.

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Perry acknowledges he ‘stepped right in it’ with anti-gay remarks

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Rick Perry
WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it was a mistake for him to compare alcoholism and homosexuality in an effort to explain his views. Perry said Thursday at a forum hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that he "stepped right in it" after being asked during a trip to California last week if homosexuality is a disorder.

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A 12-step recovery program for Rick Perry’s homosexuality problem

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Rick Perry
If you are gay, and you are wishing upon a star, it is probably not a good idea for it to be the Lone Star of Texas. This past week, that particular entity has been more than a little dim in terms of passing out bright news for gay people. The Texas anti-gay rhetoric has been more absurd, if that is possible, than it has been in other LGBT unfriendly states.

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Jon Stewart lampoons Texas GOP’s endorsement of ‘gay cure’ therapy

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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Jon Stewart lampooned Texas Republicans on Tuesday, mocking the party over its adoption of a platform that endorses the controversial practice of gay-to-straight" reparative therapy, and Gov. Rick Perry's recent remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

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Judge denies Texas dads parental rights to biological twin sons

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
KDFW
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A judge in Texas has denied a same-sex couple's petition to adopt their month-old twin boys. Jason Hannah and Joe Riggs are the proud fathers of twins Lucas and Ethan, who were born of the same surrogate mother. Each biologically fathered one of the twins, and the boys — who are half-brothers — share an egg donor.

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Texas lawmaker pens letter to lesbian daughter pledging support for gay rights

| Sunday, June 15, 2014
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
In an open letter to his lesbian daughter, a Texas state lawmaker is using Father's Day to come out in support of gay rights. "It saddens me to know that you live your life in a society that views you as "different," or as someone who should not enjoy the same basic rights as a straight person does," writes Texas State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen).

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Texas governor Rick Perry sees link between alcoholism, homosexuality

| Thursday, June 12, 2014
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas)
SAN FRANCSICO -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew a comparison between alcoholism and homosexuality, during a talk Wednesday night that focused mainly on the economy. Perry, who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender, was then asked whether he believed homosexuality was a disorder.

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