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Texas governor signs bill ‘protecting’ pastors from having to officiate same-sex marriages

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas)
Abbott said Thursday he was proud to sign the bill, which allows clergy members to refuse officiating marriages that violate their religious beliefs. ...

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Will North Carolina be the next state to ‘turn away the gays?’

Monday, June 8, 2015
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A bill to allow North Carolina officials to refuse to serve any couple they don't like is several steps closer to passing, even after the governor vetoed it. ...

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Rick Perry seeks 2012 do-over, announces 2016 presidential bid

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Rick Perry
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, pledging to "end an era of failed leadership" and hoping this campaign will go better than his last one. ...

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Students told ‘Gay O.K.’ t-shirts to support bullied classmate was ‘disruptive’

Thursday, June 4, 2015
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Two students at a Texas middle school were sent home on Wednesday, and several others were told to cover up their "Gay O.K." message they wore emblazoned on their T-shirts because school officials said the message was a "distraction." ...

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Texas man pleads not guilty in transgender woman’s death

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Carlton Ray Champion Jr. (left) and Ty Underwood
Carlton Ray Champion, Jr., 21, of Longview is charged with first degree murder in the death of Ty Underwood. Champion was arrested on Jan. 29 by police on a probation violation. ...

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Divisive anti-gay marriage bill, anti-gay adoption measure scrapped in Texas Legislature

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin
Texas lawmakers have stopped legislative efforts that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized this summer, and an anti-gay adoption measure has been abandoned. ...

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Texas House scraps bill protecting agencies that bar gay adoptions

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
The Texas state House has scrapped - at least for the time being - a measure that would have allowed some child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children through them. ...

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Texas Senate revives anti-gay marriage language by attaching it to another bill

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
The measure bars public funds from being used in same-sex marriage licenses. Although it failed in the House, it was inserted into a Senate bill and is likely set for a vote Wednesday. ...

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First Texas GOP lawmaker backs same-sex marriage

Friday, May 22, 2015
Sarah Davis
Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) expressed support for same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first Republican state lawmaker in Texas history to publicly do so. ...

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Texas House approves bill protecting clergy from officiating same-sex unions

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
The Texas state House is has given preliminary approval to a GOP-backed bill allowing clergy members to refuse to perform marriages that violate their beliefs. ...

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