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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.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Everything is bigger in Texas – even the homophobia

Friday, May 17, 2013
For those of you who wonder why it is I continue to write about equality issues and continue to ask you all to not give up the fight for what is right and just in this world, and wonder why marriage equality is so very important, it is because of Carolyn Compton, Page Price and their children. They are the reason. And because it could be you or me standing in a court room, watching helplessly as a homophobic judge wields his gavel down on us... [ Read more → ]
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Texas judge enforces ‘morality clause’ to split up lesbian couple

Friday, May 17, 2013
McKINNEY, Texas -- A Texas judge has invoked a "morality clause" in a lesbian mother's divorce from her husband, requiring that the woman's current partner of three years vacate their home "in the interest and welfare" of the divorced couple's children. [ Read more → ]
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Texas House votes to allow university groups to ignore non-discrimination policies

Thursday, May 16, 2013
AUSTIN -- The Texas state House of Representatives on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to allow student organizations at any of the state’s public universities to discriminate in their membership practices. [ Read more → ]
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Student gov’t candidate targeted in anti-gay smear campaign wins election

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
HOUSTON -- A student government candidate at University of Houston-Downtown, who was the subject of an anti-gay smear campaign that also revealed his HIV status, has been elected student body vice-president. [ Read more → ]
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Rick Perry urges Boy Scouts to oppose gay ‘pop culture’ like Sam Houston resisted slavery

Monday, May 6, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) appeared in the Family Research Council’s “Stand With Scouts Sunday” webcast last night where he told FRC president Tony Perkins that the Boy Scouts of America must resist those trying to “tear apart” the organization’s values and replace them with the “flavor of the month”—homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
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Texas AG’s opinion on same-sex partner benefits doesn’t worry cities, counties

Friday, May 3, 2013
EL PASO, Texas -- Cities and counties that offer same-sex partner health benefits don't anticipate altering their policies after the Texas attorney general called the practice unconstitutional, though his opinion does serve as fuel for litigation against entities providing benefits to gay couples. [ Read more → ]
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Dallas mayor says resolution to support marriage equality is a waste of time

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings said Wednesday that a proposed city council resolution supporting marriage equality is a political distraction and a waste of the council’s time. [ Read more → ]
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Texas Attorney General: Same-sex marriage benefits unconstitutional

Monday, April 29, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion stating that local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex partners are violating the state constitution. [ Read more → ]
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Texas Senate committee votes to repeal state’s anti-gay sodomy law

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted on Wednesday to repeal the state's anti-gay sodomy law, a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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Texas Senate committee advances bill to equalize protections for gay teens

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas — Parents of gay teens urged Texas lawmakers on Tuesday to give their children the same legal protection as heterosexuals when it comes to prosecuting sex crimes — pleas that helped push a key Senate committee to cast a vote bucking the state's long history of opposing the expansion of gay rights. [ Read more → ]
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Texas lawmakers consider new legal protections for sexually active gay teens

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- In Texas, where attempts to expand gay rights have run into strong opposition from Republican leaders, state lawmakers are considering new legal protections for sexually active gay teens. [ Read more → ]
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Texas A&M student president vetoes LGBT funding ‘opt-out’ bill

Friday, April 5, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The student body president at Texas A&M University on Friday vetoed a religious freedom bill passed by the student senate earlier this week that opponents said had only one intent -- defunding the LGBT student center. [ Read more → ]
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Gay student’s HIV status revealed in student council smear campaign

Thursday, April 4, 2013
HOUSTON -- Campus police at the University of Houston-Downtown have launched an investigation over flyers that surfaced on campus that detailed private medical information about a gay student's HIV status. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender high school senior wins battle to wear dress to school prom

Thursday, April 4, 2013
HOUSTON -- A transgender high school senior in Houston, Texas, has won a fight to wear a dress to the senior prom. [ Read more → ]
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Texas A&M student government approves LGBT funding ‘opt-out’ bill

Thursday, April 4, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The student senate at Texas A&M University on Wednesday approved a bill that allows students to opt out of paying fees that fund the school's LGBTQ campus center based on religious grounds. [ Read more → ]
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Texas Senate panel takes no action on bill to ban LGBT workplace discrimination

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas state Senate panel on Wednesday began formal consideration of a bill that would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation of gender identity, but the committee chair said the measure does not have the votes to pass. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

Congressman Louie Gohmert opposes gun control because gay marriage leads to bestiality

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Speaking on gun control, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas says why limit the number of rounds in a magazine because "it's kind of like marriage when you say it's not a man and a woman any more, then why not have three men and one woman, or four women and one man, or why not somebody has a love for an animal?" [ Read more → ]
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry rallies opponents of same-sex marriage at state capitol

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry rallied opponents of gay marriage and abortion on Tuesday, calling for support for what he called traditional values on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court heard a challenge to California's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Prisoner gets 6 more years for hate crime attack on inmate he thought was gay

Sunday, March 17, 2013
DALLAS — A member of the Aryan Brotherhood will serve an extended prison sentence after admitting he committed a federal hate crime by severely beating another inmate he believed to be gay. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Mary Gonzalez speaks to LGBTQ advocates at Equality Texas' lobby day on Monday.Image via KUT Radio

Hundreds lobby for gay rights, marriage equality at Texas state Capitol

Monday, March 11, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- Hundreds of gay rights advocates demonstrated at the Texas state Capitol on Monday, lobbying state lawmakers to support a number of civil rights bills introduced by Democratic lawmakers, including the freedom to marry. [ Read more → ]
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Poll finds small plurality of Texas voters support same-sex marriage

Thursday, March 7, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- Support for marriage equality continues grow in Texas, as a new poll shows a minor plurality of voters now favor legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Woman faces prison time after beating son for engaging in gay sex act

Thursday, March 7, 2013
FOREST HILL, Texas -- A Texas woman is facing felony charges for badly beating her 15-year-old son after she caught him receiving oral sex from a male cousin last December. [ Read more → ]
The photo at the center of  the controversy (above) features Lialani Hernandez (left) and Felicia Rivera.

High school student says banned yearbook photo is anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A teenager in San Antonio, Texas, says her high school has blocked a photograph of her and her girlfriend from appearing in the yearbook because they are gay. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian says she was the victim of a hate crime after defending bullied boy

Friday, March 1, 2013
MESQUITE, Texas -- A Texas woman claims she is the victim of a hate crime after she was attacked in an elementary school playground for protecting a bullied four-year-old boy. [ Read more → ]
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Texas GOP lawmakers threaten to cut funding to LGBT supportive schools

Monday, February 25, 2013
A pair of Republican Texas lawmakers have introduced two pieces of anti-gay legislation, one which would cut funding for schools and universities that have policies in place that support LGBT students, faculty, or staff, and another measure that would allow discrimination based on religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
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