Texas Supreme Court: Married Gays Have No 'Inherent Right' To Government Benefits
Today, the Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that married gay couples have no "inherent right" to the same benefits that the government affords to straight married couples.
The 2015 SCOTUS ruling that made same-sex marriage legal, also left states with the power to explore the decision's "reach and rammifications," the Texas court said.
According to The Austin Statesman, local gay marriage proponents have indicated that they will appeal today's ruling, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court clearly states that all marriages must be treated equally.
Dallas News has more:
The case dates to 2013, when two local taxpayers sued then-Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the city's first openly gay mayor. Relying on a legal opinion from the city attorney, Parker had decided to extend spousal benefits to gay couples, even though an amendment to the city charter banned the practice.
Jack Pidgeon, a pastor, and Larry Hicks, an accountant, sued Parker, arguing that no city employees have a "fundamental right" to receive government-subsidized spousal benefits and that it was "perfectly constitutional" to extend benefits to some married couples and deny them to others.
Said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis:
"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.
"Anti-LGBTQ activists will do anything possible to discriminate against our families."