LGBT rights in Texas
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Texas face legal challenges and discrimination not faced by other people. The state denied gays and lesbians the right to marry a same-sex partner both by statute and in its constitution. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled bans on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Hodges, yet the ruling remains challenged in Texas. Texas has a hate crimes statute that strengthens penalties for certain crimes motivated by a victim's sexual orientation, although it has rarely been invoked. Gender identity is not included in the hate crimes law. There is no statewide law banning anti-LGBT discrimination, however, some localities in Texas provide a variety of legal protections and benefits to LGBT people.