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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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5th Circuit schedules hearings in appeals of Texas, Louisiana gay marriage rulings

Monday, October 27, 2014
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday scheduled oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana. The court set arguments for both cases to be heard during the week of January 5, 2015. [...]

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Lambda Legal files suit against SSA over denial of same-sex survivor benefits

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Lambda Legal has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate against their marriages violates the U.S. [...]

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Houston mayor: ‘two moms’ caused daughter’s driver’s license woes

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Annise Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker says her daughter faced difficulty in getting a Texas driver's license because she listed two mothers as her parents on her application. [...]

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Would Texas AG have also defended his state’s ban on interracial marriage?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Greg Abbott
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has led his state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban, has repeatedly said his role is to defend state laws. So the question was posed, would Abbott have also fought to defend the old Texas law banning interracial marriages? [...]

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Houston city attorneys change approach to sermon subpoenas

Friday, October 17, 2014
Annise-Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston city attorneys are no longer seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. Mayor Annise Parker said Friday that the city was backing off the sermon request but would not withdraw the subpoenas, which seek other... [...]

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Ted Cruz criticizes Houston subpoenas as ‘abuse of government power’

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ted Cruz
HOUSTON -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told congregants of his home church Thursday that the city of Houston abused power by subpoenaing sermons and other documents from pastors who publicly opposed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. Cruz, standing among more than a dozen clergy at [...]

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No, the city of Houston isn’t bullying anti-gay pastors – this is basic lawyering

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Conservative media outlets, led by Fox News, are attacking the city of Houston for subpoenaing a number of local pastors who were part of the right-wing opposition to the city's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance that is suing the city now that the anti-discrimination law is in effect. But their claims that religious liberty should keep the [...]

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Houston subpoenas sermons in challenge to LGBT rights ordinance

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Houston
HOUSTON — The dispute over Houston’s LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance has extended to the pulpit. Houston city attorneys recently subpoenaed sermons by several local pastors who oppose the measure and are tied to conservative Christian activists. The activists have sued Houston, claiming they had enough valid signatures to put a [...]

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Houston gay couple kicked out of taxi for kissing, told they’re going to hell

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Travis Player and Andres Orozco
HOUSTON -- Two Houston men are the latest same-sex couple to be kicked out of a taxicab for being affectionate. Travis Player and Andres Orozco tell KTRK-TV they were booted from the cab during a ride home from a local bar. “We thought he was joking until he actually pulled [...]

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Texas AG says same-sex marriage ban reduces out-of-wedlock births

Monday, October 13, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
AUSTIN -- Texas Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says the state's ban on same-sex marriage is in the state's interest because it reduces out-of-wedlock" births. In a brief Friday filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Abbott says legalizing same-sex marriage would would [...]

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