Same-Sex Couples Denied Full Marriage Benefits in Texas

Same-Sex Couples Denied Full Marriage Benefits in Texas

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Same-sex couples can get married in Texas, but they won’t have the same rights that heterosexual couples do.

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling on Monday that allows the state to take away spousal benefits under employee insurance plans from married same-sex couples.

In 2015, the Supreme Court established the right to same-sex marriage. At the time, a lawsuit was making its way through the Texas court system about whether a married same-sex couple should receive spousal benefits.

The issue made it all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled that, while same-sex marriage is legal, the Supreme Court didn’t decide all marriage-related matters. So the court explored the limits of LGBT marriage, and the decision’s “reach and ramifications.” Read more

 

Denying the city of Houston’s request, the U.S. Supreme Court will not review a June decision by the Texas Supreme Court, which ruled that the landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage does not fully address the right to marriage benefits.

The high court on Monday announced it would not take up the case — which centers on Houston’s policy to provide spouses of gay and lesbian employees the same government-subsidized marriage benefits it provides to opposite-sex spouses — just months after the city of Houston filed its appeal, arguing the state court’s June decision “disregarded” precedent.

In that decision, the Texas Supreme Court threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to government-subsidized marriage benefits, and it unanimously ordered a trial court to reconsider the case. The ruling found that there’s still room for state courts to explore “the reach and ramifications” of marriage-related issues that resulted from the legalization of same-sex marriage. Read more

 

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex couples are not necessarily entitled to government-dispensed spousal benefits, dealing a blow to backers of marriage equality, who have vowed to fight the decision.
The Republican-dominated court said the landmark 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, did not resolve issues such as payments of municipal employees’ spousal benefits.

“The Supreme Court held in Obergefell that the Constitution requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriages to the same extent that they license and recognize opposite-sex marriages,” the Texas court wrote, “but it did not hold that states must provide the same publicly funded benefits to all married persons.”

The Texas Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court, adding that it could not reach a decision on whether to grant the plaintiff’s request to claw back previously paid benefits.

Texas Values, an activist group for social conservatives, and Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton, who supported the challenge on the benefits, applauded the decision. Read more

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