Texas Supreme Court Rules Gay Couples Are NOT Entitled to Marriage Benefits
Does the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage dictate whether or not states are required to give gay couples marriage benefits?
This Friday, Texas courts decided the ruling doesn’t require benefits.
The Texas court ruled in case Pidgeon vs. Houston that the US Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide did not address the issue of government-subsidized marital benefits.
Houston, Texas extended marital benefits to gay couples shortly after the SCOTUS ruling, causing two citizens to sue the city. Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks prosecuted because they believed legalization of gay marriage did not “entail any particular package of tax benefits, employee fringe benefits or testimonial privileges.” When the case made it to the Supreme Court, they reversed a lower court ruling that mandated marital benefits to same-sex couples. According to Pidgeon and Hicks’ lawyer, marital benefits are not basic human rights, and therefore should not be federally required of states.
Dems and gay-marriage advocates everywhere are panicking. Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD (the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization) stated the following in response to the ruling, “The Texas Supreme Court’s decision this morning is a warning shot to all LGBTQ Americans that the war on marriage equality is ever-evolving, and anti-LGBTQ activists will do anything possible to discriminate against our families.”
However, it is a home-run for those opposing the Supreme Court ruling. The Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, stated he was “extremely pleased that the Texas Supreme Court recognized that Texas law is still important when it comes to marriage.”
This ruling is a light in the darkness for conservatives everywhere.
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