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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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Police investigating murder of lesbian couple found near store dumpster

| Sunday, March 9, 2014
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas -- Deputies in Galveston County, Texas, are investigating the murder of a lesbian couple from Houston whose bodies were discovered next to a convenience store dumpster in Port Bolivar, Texas, on Friday morning.

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Austin dentist provides free dental reconstruction for hate crime victim

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas man who had nine of his teeth knocked out in a violent assault during Austin's gay pride weekend in 2012, is sporting a new smile thanks to the goodwill of an Austin dentist.

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Dallas city council passes resolution in support of LGBT community

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
DALLAS -- The Dallas city council on Wednesday passed a “comprehensive statement of support” for the city's LGBT employees and residents in an effort to address inequalities in city employment, healthcare and lobbying efforts.

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Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott set to face off for Texas governor

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Wendy Davis
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans picked the state's attorney general in the fight to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry, while a rising Democratic star coasted to her party's nomination Tuesday night during the nation's first statewide primary.

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Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general against longtime gay friend

| Friday, February 28, 2014
When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend's bedside. They were law school pals who swapped stories over dinner, job leads and airport rides, and they still exchange Christmas cards today. Their friendship is now at an extraordinary junction: Phariss, who is gay, filed the Texas lawsuit that a federal judge used this week to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Texas files notice to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Jerry Lara, APPlaintiffs (from left) Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, and Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes, give a news conference in San Antonio on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 after U.S. Federal Judge Orlando Garcia declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas has officially given notice it will appeal a federal judge's decision to lift the state's ban on gay marriage.

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Texas AG Greg Abbott promises to fight same-sex marriage ruling

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Greg Abbott
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has promised to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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Federal judge strikes down Texas ban on same-sex marriage

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has struck down Texas' ban on gay marriage, but is leaving it in place pending a ruling by an appeals court later this year.

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Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

| Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South.

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Federal prosecutors charge Texas man with hate crime in attack on gay man

| Friday, February 21, 2014
Arron Keahey
DALLAS — Federal prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old North Texas man of a hate crime for an attack that left a gay man hospitalized for 10 days with skull and face fractures.

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