same-sex marriage

Ryan E. Poppe

The Employees Retirement System of Texas has announced that beginning this month, employee spouses would be entitled to all employment benefits including health coverage and spousal retirement benefits.  According to the agency’s website, that applies to all state agencies and to those who have retired from the state.  It also applies to the employees of state colleges and universities.

From Texas Standard:

Recent polls suggest the majority of Americans agree with the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, but opposition to same-sex marriage remains prevalent in southern states like Texas and Louisiana.

Just this week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that county clerks don’t need to issue marriage licenses if doing so goes against their faith. Paxton and other opponents of same-sex marriage argue that the government shouldn’t be allowed to interfere with how someone practices their faith.

Ryan E. Poppe

The plaintiff in the US Supreme Court same-sex marriage case helps rally support against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal opinion concerning religious freedom and same-sex marriage licenses.   

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After the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states have to issue licenses for and recognize same-sex marriages, the response from across Texas has been diverse.  

Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a non-binding legal opinion stating that County clerks across the state were protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and that they did not have to give marriage licenses to couples if it violated their religious beliefs. 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz intends to make his opposition to the Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide "front and center" in his presidential campaign.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Sunday in New York City, the GOP presidential hopeful doubled down on his belief that the court had overstepped its bounds in both the marriage decision and in upholding Obamacare. And as a result, Cruz said, the justices should be subject to elections and lose their lifetime appointments.

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