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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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Dallas morning show anchor storms off set during Michael Sam kiss discussion

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Dallas morning show host Amy Kushnir stormed off the set of KTXD-TV's "The Broadcast" on Tuesday following a heated discussion of whether ESPN should have broadcast Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on hearing the news he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

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Hundreds rally outside Houston city hall to protest equal rights ordinance

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Hundreds gather outside Houston City Hall on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, to protest a proposed ant-discrimination ordinance.
HOUSTON -- Various pastors along with several hundred people gathered outside Houston City Hall to protest a proposed ordinance that would expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents.

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Houston city council delays vote on equal rights ordinance

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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