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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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Draft of Texas Republican Party platform endorses ‘gay cure’ therapy

Thursday, June 5, 2014
The first draft of the Texas Republican Party platform finds some changes to the party's position on homosexuality with the removal of some anti-gay language, and the addition of a new statement supporting "gay cure" therapies. [...]

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‘Very personal’ battle in Houston could get even more personal for Mayor Parker

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Annise Parker
In a battle she characterized as “very personal” and “about me,” Annise Parker, the openly gay mayor of Houston, won a victory last week when the city council passed a law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Now, she may have to take on [...]

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Federal appeals courts set schedules in Idaho, Nevada and Texas marriage cases

Monday, June 2, 2014
The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans.
Two more federal appeals courts are set to consider recent rulings declaring same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Texas as unconstitutional, and an appeal of Nevada's ban, which was upheld in 2012. The cases are De Leon v. Perry in Texas, Latta v. Otter in Idaho, and Sevcik v. Sandoval [...]

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‘We don’t serve fags’ at Big Earl’s in Pittsburg, Texas

Thursday, May 29, 2014
PITTSBURG, Texas -- A same-sex couple says they were told not to come back to a restaurant in East Texas because Big Earls "doesn't serve fags." [...]

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Houston city council approves LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Houston, Texas
Houston city leaders on Wednesday approved expanded anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents in a measure that critics argued would impede their religious liberties. [...]

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Dallas host: ESPN airing Michael Sam kiss ‘shocking,’ strippers OK for a.m. TV

Friday, May 16, 2014
After the internet exploded earlier this week with video of Dallas morning show host Amy Kushnir storming off the set amid a heated debate over ESPN’s broadcast of Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend, Kushnir took to Fox News on Thursday to further lament that the kiss was “shocking,” “inappropriate” and [...]

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Texas judge blocks state from intervening in gay couple’s divorce case

Thursday, May 15, 2014
SAN ANTONIO -- A Texas judge has rejected a push by state officials to block a same-sex couple’s divorce and child-custody case from proceeding. [...]

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Houston city council delays vote on LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Houston, Texas
HOUSTON -- The Houston City Council has delayed a vote on a proposed ordinance to extend a city ban on discrimination to protect gay, lesbian and transgender citizens. [...]

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Dallas morning show anchor storms off set during Michael Sam kiss discussion

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Dallas morning show host Amy Kushnir stormed off the set of KTXD-TV's "The Broadcast" on Tuesday following a heated discussion of whether ESPN should have broadcast Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on hearing the news he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams. [...]

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Hundreds rally outside Houston city hall to protest equal rights ordinance

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Hundreds gather outside Houston City Hall on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, to protest a proposed ant-discrimination ordinance.
HOUSTON -- Various pastors along with several hundred people gathered outside Houston City Hall to protest a proposed ordinance that would expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents. [...]

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