Supreme Court declines to hear Texas same-sex marriage benefits case

The US Supreme Court Just Rejected a Texas Case About Gay Marriage Rights

The Court denied review in Turner v. Pidgeon, in which the Texas Supreme Court said the US Supreme Court hasn't necessarily said that same-sex couples should get the same benefits as opposite-sex couples.

The conflict began in 2013, when Houston under then-Mayor Annise Parker began offering employee benefits to the same-sex spouses of employees who had been legally married in other states.

Houston appealed, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court needed to step in to protect the integrity of its 2015 ruling establishing a right to same-sex marriage.

The US Supreme Court Just Rejected a Texas Case About Gay Marriage Rights

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. "We reverse the court of appeals' judgment, vacate the trial court's temporary injunction order".

The high court on Monday announced it would not take up the case - which centers on Houston's policy to provide spouses of gay and lesbian employees the same government-subsidized marriage benefits it provides to opposite-sex spouses - just months after the city of Houston filed its appeal, arguing the state court's June decision "disregarded" precedent.

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.

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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.

It was June of this year when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against an Arkansas law forbidding same-sex couples from being listed on a child's birth certificate.

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. Such a ruling again could be appealed to the nation's top court.

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