Texas is Already Trying to Revoke Some Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Texas Is Attempting to Revoke Some Gay-Marriage Rights

Really, though?!

Adding to the grocery list of things we're worried about having to say goodbye to: same-sex marriage.

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The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider a case about whether married gay city employees must be given spousal benefits.

The case, Pidgeon v. Turner, arose from a lawsuit which is trying to block the benefits that the city of Houston affords to same-sex spouses of city employees. The case didn't have a chance of success when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, as the decision held that both marriage is a fundamental right and that the equal protection guarantee of the U.S. Constitution requires that it be extended equally to gay and straight couples. 

The plantiffs of the case filed for a rehearing because they feel like the Obergefell case, which legalized same-sex marriage should be "read narrowly." They claim "the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell imposes a 'right' that cannot be found anywhere in the Constitution." However, as Bloomberg notes in it's piece on the matter, "you're not supposed to ask a state court to reject U.S. Supreme Court precendent — or narrow it because you think its wrong. The U.S. Constitution is supreme over state law and must be enforced by state courts — and the U.S. Supreme Court has the last word on its meaning.

But according to a legislator's brief on the matter, they have other sentiments in mind. "This Court has the opportunity to dminish federal tyranny and reestablish Texas Sovereignty," they wrote."The people have already spoken on the issue through the Texas legislature. It would be a detriment to their constituents if this elected Court were to remain silent."

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While President Donald Trump has said himself that same-sex marriage "is the law of the land," the conservative justices he's appointed would reverse same-sex marriage in a heartbeat. Vice President Mike Pence has said, "societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family."

We'll be waiting (very im)patiently to see what will happen with this case.