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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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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
Laura Jane Klug
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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NBA Hall of Famer says gay athletes face same question black athletes once faced

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell says the fight for equality for gay athletes reminds him of the civil rights movement of African-Americans in the 1960s.

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Texas school suspends transgender substitute teacher after parents complain

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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LUMBERTON, Texas -- A transgender substitute teacher said she has been told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained about her.

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Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit in Texas

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

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Lesbian couple’s 3-year-old son rejected by Texas school for having two moms

Friday, March 28, 2014
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BEDFORD, Texas -- A lesbian couple in Bedford, Texas claim their son was turned away from a local Montessori school because he had two moms.

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Relatives speak out about lesbian couple found murdered in Texas

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Crystal Jackson (left), and Britney Cosby were murdered last week and found dumped near a convenience store in Port Bolivar, Texas.
GALVESTON, Texas — Relatives of one of two Houston women found dead near a garbage bin are offering different takes on the relationship between the woman and her father.

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