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12:04 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

False, Missing Information Invalidates Plano Equal Rights Petition

Supporters of a petition drive to overturn Plano's equal rights ordinance held a press conference on Jan. 7, 2015.
Stephanie Kuo KERA News

An Equal Rights petition circulating in Plano has been ruled invalid by the City and will not move forward, according to a press release

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The High Five
7:29 am
Fri February 20, 2015

One Same-Sex Couple Made State History — No More, No Less

Bryant and Goodfriend hold their marriage certificate. They've been together more than 30 years.
Goodfriend and Bryant KUT News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: high schoolers could graduate without passing exams; get ready for “The Big Screen” with KERA; it’s the Year of the Sheep; and more.

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Texas News
3:28 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Texas Court Blocks Future Gay Marriages After Couple Weds

The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant wed in Austin.
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AUSTIN-- The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin.

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Texas News
2:29 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Dallas Republican Calls For Limiting Vaccine Exemptions

Rep. Jason Villalba R-Dallas, files the Protection of Texas Children Act on Feb. 6, 2013.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera Texas Tribune

A Texas Republican is taking aim at a provision in state law that allows parents with personal or religious objections to vaccines to opt their children out of school immunization requirements.

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Texas News
1:11 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Attorney General Paxton Tries To Void Texas' First Same-Sex Marriage

Attorney General Paxton asked the Texas Supreme Court to halt an order that allowed an Austin same-sex couple to marry.
Laura Buckman Texas Tribune

Update: Gov. Greg Abbott released a brief statement saying Texas law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  

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Texas News
1:10 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Immigrants Wonder What Lies Ahead After Texas Judge Halts Deportation-Relief Program

Gabino Soto had planned to apply for DAPA, one of the deportation-relief programs currently on hold because of a Texas judge's decision earlier this week.
Stella M. Chávez KERA News

This week’s decision by a Texas judge to halt President Obama’s deportation-relief program is keeping the Mexican Consulate pretty busy. We stopped by there to find out how officials are responding and what people are saying about this legal setback.

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Texas News
10:47 am
Thu February 19, 2015

First Same-Sex Couple Married In Austin

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant (second from left and center) are the first same-sex couple to be married in Texas.
Travis County Clerk Office Twitter

A same-sex couple was married in Travis County despite the statewide gay marriage ban.

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The High Five
7:17 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Want To Fly To Austin For $39? You Have Until Midnight

Virgin America moved to Dallas Love Field in fall 2014.
Virgin America

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Love Field airlines compete for low-cost carrier title; a pregnant sword swallower proves she can stomach danger; Vanilla Ice burglarized a Florida home; and more.

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Texas News
4:58 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Paxton Requests Emergency Order To Block Gay Marriage Ruling

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled Tuesday that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional.
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Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday asked the Texas Supreme Court to issue an emergency order blocking a local probate judge's ruling that the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

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Texas News
1:44 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

House Speaker Straus Opposes Long-Term Deployment Of Guard At Border

House Speaker Joe Straus gavels out the 83rd Legislative session on May 27, 2013.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

A day after Gov. Greg Abbott backed extending the Texas National Guard’s stay at the Mexico border, House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday that he will work to make that happen but that he remained opposed to a "long-term deployment."

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