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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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Texas court reverses decision that voided transgender widow’s marriage

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
Nikki Araguz
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge's ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze.

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Federal judge hears challenge to Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Eric Gay, APCouples (from left) Cleopatra De Leon and  Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss, talk with the media after as they leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in San Antonio.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Attorneys for two same-sex couples have faced off with the Texas attorney general's office over whether a federal judge should lift the state ban on gay marriage.

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Judge to hear challenge of Texas’ same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Lisa Krantz, The San Antonio Express-News (AP)Cleo DeLeon, left, and Nicole Dimetman play with their son at their home in Austin, Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Two gay couples challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage will take their case to federal court on Wednesday in the wake of recent legal victories in two other conservative states.

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Texas county benefits plan to cover workers’ same-sex partners

| Thursday, February 6, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Bexar County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a provision that would allow county benefits to be extended to employees' same-sex partners.

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In Harris County, Texas, jail confronts issue of safety for LGBT inmates

| Sunday, February 2, 2014
Pat Sullivan, APInmates hang out on their bunks in a new unit in the Harris County Jail for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates in Houston.
The Harris County Jail in Houston, the third-largest in the country which processes some 125,000 inmates annually, is one of many nationwide implementing changes to the way it treats its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population. The changes stem from a law passed by Congress under former President George W. Bush that requires federal, state and local lockups to eliminate rape in part by adjusting regulations about how the population lives behind bars.

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Houston mayor fires back at critics over her same-sex marriage: ‘Get over it!’

| Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker, at their wedding ceremony on Jan. 16, 2014.
HOUSTON -- Houston mayor Annise Parker is firing back at Republicans who say her marriage to longtime partner last week was politically motivated.

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Houston mayor Annise Parker weds longtime partner in Palm Springs

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard have married in California.

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Lambda Legal seeks to combine lawsuits over Houston same-sex couple benefits

| Thursday, January 9, 2014
Houston mayor Annise Parker
HOUSTON -- Lambda Legal on Thursday asked a U.S. District Court judge to combine two separate lawsuits filed against Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston, one seeking to prevent and the other to preserve spousal benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees.

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Federal judge refuses to halt same-sex benefits for Houston city employees

| Friday, January 3, 2014
U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal
HOUSTON -- The same-sex spouses of Houston city employees will keep their benefits for now, after a federal judge on Thursday denied a request for a restraining order that would have halted them.

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Report: Houston Oilers had two gay players in 1993, teammates didn’t care

| Friday, December 27, 2013
Jim Mone, AP (File)The 1993 Houston Oilers team contained two gay members, according to the Houston Chronicle.
HOUSTON — Long before the question of whether the NFL is ready for a gay player, at least two key members of the tumultuous 1993 Houston Oilers team were gay, former teammates have told the Houston Chronicle.

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