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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 delays vote on equal rights ordinance

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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
Jodielynn Wiley
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
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
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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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
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
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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