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DALLAS (AP) — About two dozen gay pride advocates have waved flags and signs during the final day of the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas.

Members of the Stonewall Democrats on Saturday stormed the floor during a speech by state Sen. Royce West, whose district is hosting the gathering.

Activists waved rainbow flags and homemade signs, then posed for a group picture as West called from the stage, “We’re here for you.”

The demonstration was focused more on state politics than gay marriage rights since, at the Texas Republican Convention two weeks ago, delegates approved a party platform sanctioning therapy to turn gay people straight.

A federal judge has declared the Texas gay marriage ban unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction. The state is appealing.

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