US Supreme Court Says Texas Ruling that Gay Spouses May Not Receive Benefits is Legal

US Supreme Court Says Texas Ruling that Gay Spouses May Not Receive Benefits is Legal

The US Supreme Court say that a Texas ruling that gay spouses may not be entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits.

The potentially dangerous ruling could open the door to other states who want to chip away at the 2015 legalization of gay marriage.

According to Inquirerer: “Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to reject Houston’s appeal of the Texas court decision came without dissent or comment. The case began with a coalition of religious and socially conservative groups suing America’s fourth-largest city in 2013 to block a move to offer same-sex spousal benefits to municipal employees.”

“There was high hope that the Texas decision was so wrong that the court wouldn’t sit by and let it go,” said Kenneth Upton, a Dallas-based attorney for the prominent LGBT-rights group Lambda Legal. “That’s not how it works with the Supreme Court.”

According to ABC: “Conservative groups countered that the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t declare spousal benefits a fundamental right of marriage two years ago, and that it should be up to states to decide. They also see a chance for Texas to defend religious liberty under a state gay marriage ban that voters approved in 2005.”

 

 

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