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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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Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general against longtime gay friend

| Friday, February 28, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Dallas city council committee advances ‘statement of support’ for LGBT residents

| Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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DALLAS -- A Dallas City Council committee on Tuesday voted in favor of a “comprehensive statement of support” for its LGBT employees and residents in an effort to address inequalities in city employment, healthcare and lobbying efforts.

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Marriage lawsuits could help Davis, hurt Abbott in Texas governors race

| Monday, February 17, 2014
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) will face off in November in the Texas governor's race.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Greg Abbott's job as Texas' top lawyer placed him in the line of fire last week when his likely Democratic opponent in the governor's race called on him to stop defending lawsuits over same-sex marriage.

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Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

| Friday, February 14, 2014
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound.

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Texas gubernatorial candidate calls on AG to stop defending gay marriage ban

| Thursday, February 13, 2014
AP Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is the leading Democratic candidate for governor.
SAN ANTONIO -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports same-sex marriage and called on her opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman.

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