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Texas Supreme Court Curbs Same-sex Marriage Benefits

The Supreme Court of Texas held that the U.S. Supreme Court opinion recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry does not automatically entitle them to spousal employment benefits. The unanimous court held that the 2015 opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges did not address the right to tax, insurance, or other benefits–only the right to marry.

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Texas Court Hears Case to Curb Gay Marriage Rights

The Supreme Court of Texas heard oral arguments today in a case where Houston taxpayers sued urging that subsidizing employment benefits for the spouse of a same-sex couple is illegal. Lawyers for the taxpayers describe the case as “the only one of its kind in the nation.”

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Texas Supreme Court Asked to Reconsider Same-Sex Spousal Benefits

Two taxpayers filed a motion for rehearing with the Texas Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider their order denying review of a case against the openly gay former Houston Mayor and the City of Houston. They urge that Mayor Annise Parker violated the Texas Constitution and state statutes when she gave spousal benefits to gay employees in 2013 and 2014. Parker issued these benefits to employees prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.

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Texas Supreme Court Justice: Same-Sex Spousal Employment Benefits Can Be Denied

A Texas Supreme Court Justice has issued a dissenting opinion stating that while the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples may marry, the U.S. Constitution does not necessarily require cities to offer benefits to same-sex spouses of employees. While marriage may be a fundamental right, spousal benefits are not. He says that the same constitutional strict scrutiny does not apply to employment benefits.

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State Bar Dismisses Same-Sex Marriage Complaint Against Texas AG

The State Bar of Texas has dismissed a grievance complaint against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and his AG opinion interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Democrat lawyer Steve Fischer led the effort and solicited others on Facebook to join him. A grievance filed by a gay former Democrat state legislator and current Democratic Party of Texas staffer has also not resulted in disciplinary action.

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Obama Defines Same-Sex Marriage as Another Civil Rights Victory in SOTU

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called the legalization of same-sex marriage another civil rights victory that was won once America faced its unfounded “fears” of another “group or idea” that might threaten the nation. Obama added a

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Jesuit University Journal: End ‘Bourgeois’ Institution of Marriage

A law professor at Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York is appealing for an end to the institution of marriage in America, which he describes as “religious, gendered, and bourgeois.” Ethan J. Leib published his essay in the Fordham Law Review.

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Pope Says Civil Marriage and Christian Marriage No Longer the Same in U.S.

Pope Francis warns marriage has been stretched and distorted in the United States, to the point where it is no longer even similar to the Christian sacrament of matrimony. The pontiff noted the “unprecedented changes” taking place in contemporary society, “with their social, cultural – and sadly now juridical – effects on family bonds,” referring to the Supreme Course decision in June to legalize same-sex marriage for the entire nation in Obergefell v. Hodges.

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Victorious Same-Sex Marriage Attorneys Sue Ohio for $1 Million

In the latest case of attorneys seeking reimbursement for representing plaintiffs in same-sex marriage legalization cases, the lawyers for the case that legalized same-sex marriage are suing Ohio for over $1 million in legal fees and expenses.

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Op-Ed Proposes Burning Kim Davis at the Stake

In an essay appearing Tuesday in The Week, Michael Dougherty suggested that the only appropriate punishment for Kim Davis given her contumacy before the law is to “actually martyr her” by burning her alive.

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Religious Liberty Is a Sacred Right

America’s constitutionally protected religious liberties are under attack. Time and time again, we’ve witnessed these liberties targeted, threatened, and abused by liberal policies, politicians, and judges in the name of “equality.” Citizens United, and our half million members across the

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Board: Judges Can’t Use Freedom of Religion to Avoid Performing Same-Sex Marriages

Citing the judicial oath of office to “support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Ohio,” the opinion states, “A judge who is willing to perform marriages of only opposite-sex couples because of his or her personal, moral, or religious beliefs may be viewed as possessing a bias or prejudice against a specific class or group of people based on sexual orientation.”

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National Education Assoc ‘Applauds’ SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

On Thursday the National School Boards Association (NSBA), in conjunction with the National Education Association (NEA) and the School Superintendents Association (AASA), released its guide on the impact the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage will have on local school districts across the nation.

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Poll: Support for Gay Marriage Has Fallen After Obergefell

According to a recent AP-GFK poll, support for gay marriage among U.S. citizens has dropped six percentage points since their last poll in April, with more Americans disapproving of the Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage the law of the land than those approving it.

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Showdown: Clerk Refuses Gov.’s Order To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Gov. Beshear told county clerk Casey Davis Thursday that he should issue same-sex marriage licenses or resign, reports Kentucky.com. Davis said he is refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because same-sex marriage is against his religious beliefs, and he is also refusing to resign his post.

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Drawing the Battle Lines for Religious Liberty and Same Sex Marriage

Kelly Shackelford’s debate with Evan Wolfson on Fox News Sunday highlights the battle lines for religious liberty in America now that the Supreme Court has grossly overstepped its authority by declaring gay marriage a constitutional right. This war will center on whether religious liberty extends to how you earn your living, get an education, and run a business.