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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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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
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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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Texas GOP approves platform endorsing ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called "reparative therapy" for gays under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention. Roughly 7,000 delegates Saturday ratified the platform without debating their party's stance on homosexuality on the convention floor.

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Gay Republicans may surrender on ‘gay cure therapy’ in fear of tougher platform

| Friday, June 6, 2014
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Gay Republicans in Texas said Friday they may stop fighting their party's proposed endorsement of "reparative therapy" over worries that even tougher anti-gay language could be added to the party platform. The Texas GOP is poised to adopt a new platform this weekend that would support psychological treatments that seek to turn gay people straight.

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Texas GOP platform endorsing ‘gay cure’ therapy survives key vote

| Friday, June 6, 2014
Gay rights advocates rally outside the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, June 5, 2014, where the Texas GOP convention began was being held.
The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called "reparative therapy" on minors. A push to include the new anti-gay language survived a key vote late Thursday in Fort Worth at the Texas Republican Convention

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Draft of Texas Republican Party platform endorses ‘gay cure’ therapy

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
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The first draft of the Texas Republican Party platform finds some changes to the party's position on homosexuality with the removal of some anti-gay language, and the addition of a new statement supporting "gay cure" therapies.

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