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.
Houston appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which today rejected the case without comment, the Austin American-Statesman reports.
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.
"What an incredible early Christmas present from the U. S. Supreme Court", said Saenz, president of Texas Values, according to the American-Statesman. The city of Houston appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, arguing that it violated the precedent established by Obergefell.
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Amid the litigation, Houston has continued to provide benefits to all of its married employees. One issue is whether that ruling means governments must provide the same benefits to all married employees. "Mayor Annise Parker defied the law by providing spousal benefits to same-sex couples at a time when same-sex marriage was illegal in Texas, and we intend hold the city accountable for Parker's lawless actions and her unauthorized expenditures of taxpayer money".
Republican leaders - including Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton - added their voices to the campaign, telling the nine judges that the case offered an opportunity to limit the impact of the high court's ruling on gay marriage.
The nation's highest court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday.
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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. The lawsuit was then forced to go back to the Houston District Court to determine that issue - whether Obergefell applies to spousal benefits for gays.
"We'll be meeting with our clients and our team on how to go forward", he said.
Lawyers for Pidgeon and Hicks told the state Supreme Court that the Obergefell ruling should be interpreted narrowly and did not require states to give taxpayer subsidies to same-sex couples any more than the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion required states to subsidize abortions.
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