The justices left intact a June ruling by the Republican-dominated Texas Supreme Court that revived a lawsuit backed by a conservative group aimed at blocking Houston from offering such benefits. Hodges that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to gay couples under the U. The case will now proceed in a Texas state court, which could decide to stop the benefits offered by the fourth most populous U.
The pride parade comes two days after the U. Supreme Court's landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Technically, the state's ban on "homosexual conduct" is not enforceable because of a U.
By Lauren McGaughy. The court ordered the case sent back to the trial court in Houston. Hodges, but added that it is unclear what other rights the decision extends to same-sex couples.
Texans: Are you really married? Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general, says that a word clause in a constitutional amendment designed to ban gay marriages erroneously endangers the legal status of all marriages in the state. Architects of the amendment included the clause to ban same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships. Texans who read Language Log were apprised of this danger back inwhen I asked " Is marriage identical or similar to itself?
By Bobby Blanchard. State or local government employees giving out same-sex marriage licenses would stop receiving their salaries under a bill filed Wednesday for the 84th legislative session. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case on Friday.
Supreme Courts ruling on same-sex marriage gather on the step of the Texas Capitol for a news conference celebrating marriage equality and looking to important work ahead in Austin, Texas. The Texas Supreme Court has reversed its previous ruling and will hear a Houston case that top conservatives hope will let the state limit the impact of 's federal legalization of gay marriage. The state's highest civil court announced Friday, Jan.
Same-sex couples can get married in Texas, but they won't have the same rights that heterosexual couples do. The U. 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.
Texas Democrats and supporters of gay rights praised the ruling as a milestone in gay equality, in a state where a law criminalizing gay sexual conduct remains on the books more than a decade after the Supreme Court ruled that law was unconstitutional. In Novembervoters approved the amendment to the state Constitution banning same-sex marriage. Rick Perry said in a statement.
I would not be surprised if some of Texas' Supreme Court justices personally disagree with Obergefellthe United States Supreme Court's final word on the right to gay marriage. But until recently, I was also pretty confident that eight of the nine Texas justices would agree that Obergefell was the law of the land. That's why I was surprised that the court chose to hear Pidgeon v. Turnerin which two Houston taxpayers challenge the City of Houston's decision to provide spousal benefits to same-sex couples.