Texas: No inherent right to gay marriage benefits

AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that there is no inherent right for government benefits for those in same-sex marriages, the Austin Statesman reported.

From the Statesman:

The case arose out of then-Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s 2013 decision to grant benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees who had married in other states.

A lawsuit encouraged by leading social conservatives in Houston prompted a state district judge to issue an injunction barring Houston from extending the benefits, saying Parker violated a state law and an amendment to the Texas Constitution that prohibited same-sex marriage or any action recognizing a same-sex union.

While an appeal from Houston was pending, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its June 2015 opinion that overturned state bans on gay marriage, prompting the appeals court to lift the injunction.

The court was unanimous in the decision.

Marriage quality supporters told the newspaper they would take the case to the federal courts.