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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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Rick Perry

Rick Perry: Another anti-gay candidate enters the race for president

Sunday, August 14, 2011
Texas Governor Rick Perry — who recently cozied up to the anti-gay, and certified hate group, American Family Association, for a day-long prayer rally — on Saturday entered the GOP field as a candidate for the Republican nomination for President. [ Read more → ]
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‘Gee, thanks, but I have to wash my hair’ — Governors skip Perry prayer rally

Thursday, August 4, 2011
Texas Gov. Rick Perry had big plans for his exclusionary Christian prayer rally this Saturday. He was so proud of the event that he invited all 49 other governors to attend. The RSVPs to “The Response” have been trickling in, and it doesn’t look good. [ Read more → ]
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Rick Perry flip-flops: ‘Obviously, gay marriage is not fine with me’

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has flip-flopped on remarks made last week regarding marriage equality, telling the Family Research Council on Thursday that "Obviously, gay marriage is not fine with me." [ Read more → ]
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TX Gov. Rick Perry supports gay marriage — in the 10th Amendment kind of way

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Texas Governor Rick Perry delivered a speech Friday that is sure to be praised by Tea Party activists while at the same time derided by social conservative groups. [ Read more → ]
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Rick Perry’s A-Team and the ‘Antichrist Oprah’

Thursday, July 21, 2011
The freedom to worship - or to not worship - is a bedrock American value. That's why Texas Gov. Rick Perry has every right to organize and participate in a massive evangelical "prayer rally" in Houston next month. [ Read more → ]
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Southwest Airlines pilot issues written apology: ‘I am forever changed’

Thursday, June 30, 2011
A Southwest Airlines pilot, whose profane rant against gays, the obese and the elderly was broadcast over an air-traffic control frequency, has issued a written apology to his co-workers. [ Read more → ]
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Texas governor partners with anti-gay hate group AFA in calling for day of prayer

Friday, June 10, 2011
In another blatant disregard for the separation of church and state, Texas Governor Rick Perry is partnering with an anti-gay hate group American Family Association in calling for a day of "fasting and prayer." [ Read more → ]
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Westboro bigots protest at NBA finals over league’s policy against gay slurs

Sunday, June 5, 2011
The Westboro Baptist bigots brought their special brand of hate to game three of the NBA Finals on Sunday to protest the league's policy against gay slurs. [ Read more → ]
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Texas legislature approves bill to improve school bullying-prevention policies

Friday, May 27, 2011
The Texas legislature on Thursday gave final approval on a bill designed to crack down on bullying and require schools to have improved bullying-prevention policies. [ Read more → ]
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Bigotry backfires: El Paso anti-gay ordinance leaves many without benefits

Thursday, May 26, 2011
A federal judge has upheld a voter approved initiative that was intended to block same-sex partners of city employees from obtaining health care benefits, but actually strips away benefits from elected officials and partners of retired policemen and firefighters. [ Read more → ]
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Three suspects in custody following attack outside El Paso gay bar

Thursday, May 19, 2011
Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the brutal beating of a man outside an El Paso, Tex., gay nightclub earlier this month. [ Read more → ]
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Dallas County adds gender identity, expression to non-discrimination policy

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Dallas County commissioners on Tuesday voted to include transgender employees in the county’s non-discrimination policy. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT advocacy groups say Texas killings should be prosecuted as hate crime

Friday, April 22, 2011
LGBT advocacy groups are calling for the shooting deaths in of a lesbian and her mother Austin, Texas, earlier this week, to be prosecuted as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Norma (left) and Maria Hurtado

Feud over daughter’s lesbian relationship leads Dad to commit double homicide

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A Texas man -- distraught over his daughter's lesbian relationship -- was arrested Tuesday for killing his daughter's girlfriend and the girlfriend's mother. [ Read more → ]
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Texas budget proposal includes anti-gay measure, would strip HIV/AIDS funding

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Texas House of Representatives has approved a budget provision that would required state colleges and universities, if they use state funds to support "a gender and sexuality center," to spend equal amounts on money promoting "family and traditional values." [ Read more → ]
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Chair of Texas College Republicans resigns after gay slur caught on video

Sunday, April 3, 2011
A Southern Methodist University student has resigned his post with the Texas College Republicans after a video was posted of him describing getting “hammered,” “hooking up” with a young woman and referring to political opponents using a gay slur. [ Read more → ]
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Texas, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma: states hold onto laws defining gay ‘conduct’ illegal

Sunday, March 27, 2011
"Homosexual conduct" is still a crime in Texas -- and at least three other states -- eight years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down the state’s sodomy law, and invalidated similar laws across the country. [ Read more → ]
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School bans all non-academic clubs to avoid approving gay-straight alliance

Monday, February 28, 2011
A Texas school district has banned all non-academic clubs from meeting on campus to ensure it's complying with federal law after refusing to allow a student to start a gay-straight alliance. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay measure backfires on El Paso city workers, retirees

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
EL PASO, Texas -- An effort to block same-sex partners of city employees from obtaining health care benefits has back fired, and may strip benefits from thousands of others, including elected officials and partners of retired policemen and firefighters. [ Read more → ]
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Austin men attacked after leaving gay bar

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Two men say they were attacked after leaving a gay night club in downtown Austin on Christmas night, by five men who jumped from a vehicle yelling anti-gay slurs. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian teen suing Texas school, coaches for harassment, ‘outing’ her

Monday, December 27, 2010
Three Kilgore High School coaches and the Kilgore Independent School District are being sued for outing a lesbian student to her parents, subjecting her to "unnecessary risk of harassment and trauma by disclosing their sexual orientation without consent." [ Read more → ]
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Atlanta gay bar gets $1 million for bogus raid; still no resolution in Fort Worth invasion

Sunday, December 12, 2010
The Atlanta City Council last week voted 14-0 to award the Atlanta Eagle bar $1 million in response to a federal lawsuit filed by a private attorney on behalf of 19 clients unjustly arrested in a botched police raid last September. [ Read more → ]
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Texas school board adopts LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying policy

Saturday, November 20, 2010
By a unanimous vote, the Dallas Independent School District school board this week approved a new an anti-bullying policy that for the first time included protections for LGBTQ students. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Wilkerson (left) was murdered Tuesday. Hermillo Moralez (right)

Texas man charged with murder of classmate over alleged gay ‘sexual overtures’

Thursday, November 18, 2010
PEARLAND, Texas -- A man charged in the murder of a classmate told authorities he beat the victim to death and burned his body after the victim made "unwanted sexual overtures to him toward him," according to court records. [ Read more → ]
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Houston mayor appoints longtime transgender activist as associate municipal judge

Thursday, November 18, 2010
HOUSTON -- Mayor Annise Parker has appointed Houston attorney and longtime transgender activist Phyllis Randolph Frye as an associate municipal judge. Frye will become the first transgender judge in Texas and only the third in the country. [ Read more → ]
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