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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 mayor announces details of proposed anti-discrimination ordinance

| Monday, April 21, 2014
APAnnise Parker
HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Monday announced details of a proposed human rights ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations.

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Poll: For the first time, more Texans support marriage equality than oppose it

| Monday, April 21, 2014
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LUBBOCK, Texas -- For the first time in any poll, more Texans support legalizing same-sex marriage than oppose it.

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Police hope discovery of murder victim’s vehicle will provide new clues in case

| Sunday, April 20, 2014
Crystal Jackson (left), and Britney Cosby were murdered last week and found dumped near a convenience store in Port Bolivar, Texas.
HOUSTON — A vehicle that had been sought in connection with the murder of a lesbian couple in South Texas last month has been recovered, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

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School district reinstates suspended transgender substitute teacher

| Friday, April 11, 2014
Laura Jane Klug
LUMBERTON, Texas — A transgender substitute teacher who was told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained that she was a "distraction" to their 10 and 11-year old children, has been reinstated.

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NBA Hall of Famer says gay athletes face same question black athletes once faced

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Bill Russell
AUSTIN, Texas -- NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell says the fight for equality for gay athletes reminds him of the civil rights movement of African-Americans in the 1960s.

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Texas school suspends transgender substitute teacher after parents complain

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Laura-Jane-Klug
LUMBERTON, Texas -- A transgender substitute teacher said she has been told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained about her.

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Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit in Texas

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Jimmy Carter
AUSTIN, Texas -- Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

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Lesbian couple’s 3-year-old son rejected by Texas school for having two moms

| Friday, March 28, 2014
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BEDFORD, Texas -- A lesbian couple in Bedford, Texas claim their son was turned away from a local Montessori school because he had two moms.

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Relatives speak out about lesbian couple found murdered in Texas

| Saturday, March 15, 2014
Crystal Jackson (left), and Britney Cosby were murdered last week and found dumped near a convenience store in Port Bolivar, Texas.
GALVESTON, Texas — Relatives of one of two Houston women found dead near a garbage bin are offering different takes on the relationship between the woman and her father.

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Father suspected in double homicide jotted anti-gay notes on his Koran

| Friday, March 14, 2014
James Crosby
HOUSTON -- A family spokesperson says James Larry Cosby, the father of one of two women whose bodies were found dumped outside a South Texas convenience store last week and now in custody in connection with their murders, is a practicing Muslim who made notes about his anti-gay views on his Koran.

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