U.S. top court leaves in place Texas ruling questioning gay spousal benefits

U.S. top court leaves in place Texas ruling questioning gay spousal benefits

U.S. top court leaves in place Texas ruling questioning gay spousal benefits

Houston has continued to provide benefits to all of its married employees through-out the pending litigation.

The case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court for oral arguments on December 5 is a showdown between a gay couple from Colorado and a Denver-area baker who in 2012 cited his Christian faith in refusing to make a cake for their wedding celebration.

CBS4)- The Supreme Court of the United States will take up the case of a Lakewood cake shop owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to overturn a Texas ruling that raised questions about the rights of couples in same-sex marriages.

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Following the Obergefell ruling, public employers in Texas, including state agencies and public universities, quickly extended marriage benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees.

In 2013, while Annise Parker, an out lesbian, was mayor of Houston, she offered employee benefits to same-sex spouses, causing gay marriage opponents to sue. In 2016 the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the US Supreme Court decision "did not hold that states must provide the same publicly funded benefits to all married persons".

The Texas court reversed its earlier decision to stay out of the case after coming under pressure from Gov. Greg Abbott and other leading Republicans. 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.

While it's a shame that the U.S. Supreme Court didn't knock down the Texas Supreme Court ruling today, this is hardly over.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear another important case involving gay rights, a conservative Christian baker's assertion that the Constitution protected his right to refuse to make a cake for a gay married couple in violation of his religious beliefs.

Jim Griffin, a Dallas lawyer who advises businesses on employee benefits plans, surmised that Houston's appeal was rejected because the Supreme Court did not have a final decision on marriage benefits to examine.

"We'll be meeting with our clients and our team on how to go forward", he said. "Even the Supreme Court knows that it will likely see this case again", Griffin said. That lawsuit had been revived by the Texas Supreme Court earlier this year.

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