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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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Jon Stewart lampoons Texas GOP’s endorsement of ‘gay cure’ therapy

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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Jon Stewart lampooned Texas Republicans on Tuesday, mocking the party over its adoption of a platform that endorses the controversial practice of gay-to-straight" reparative therapy, and Gov. Rick Perry's recent remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. [...]

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Judge denies Texas dads parental rights to biological twin sons

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A judge in Texas has denied a same-sex couple's petition to adopt their month-old twin boys. Jason Hannah and Joe Riggs are the proud fathers of twins Lucas and Ethan, who were born of the same surrogate mother. Each biologically fathered one of the twins, and [...]

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Texas lawmaker pens letter to lesbian daughter pledging support for gay rights

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
In an open letter to his lesbian daughter, a Texas state lawmaker is using Father's Day to come out in support of gay rights. "It saddens me to know that you live your life in a society that views you as "different," or as someone who should not enjoy the [...]

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Texas governor Rick Perry sees link between alcoholism, homosexuality

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas)
SAN FRANCSICO -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew a comparison between alcoholism and homosexuality, during a talk Wednesday night that focused mainly on the economy. Perry, who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender, was then asked whether he believed homosexuality was a disorder. [...]

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Texas GOP approves platform endorsing ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called "reparative therapy" for gays under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention. Roughly 7,000 delegates Saturday ratified the platform without debating their party's stance on homosexuality on the convention floor. [...]

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Gay Republicans may surrender on ‘gay cure therapy’ in fear of tougher platform

Friday, June 6, 2014
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Gay Republicans in Texas said Friday they may stop fighting their party's proposed endorsement of "reparative therapy" over worries that even tougher anti-gay language could be added to the party platform. The Texas GOP is poised to adopt a new platform this weekend that would support psychological treatments that seek [...]

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Texas GOP platform endorsing ‘gay cure’ therapy survives key vote

Friday, June 6, 2014
Gay rights advocates rally outside the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, June 5, 2014, where the Texas GOP convention began was being held.
The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called "reparative therapy" on minors. A push to include the new anti-gay language survived a key vote late Thursday [...]

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

Thursday, June 5, 2014
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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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