In a display of blatant bigotry, homophobia, stupidity and lack of knowledge about the law, last week the Texas Supreme Court sided with same-sex marriage opponents who argued that the city of Houston should not have extended its benefits policy to married same-sex couples because ... same-sex.
Yes, even though the United Effing State Supremes ruled that The Gays are legally entitled to full equality, as in marriage, the Texas Supremes, stepped back a bit and said, Oh no, not The Gays! Not.The.Gays.
The Texas court—and, yes, I get it, it’s Texas—threw out a lower court ruling that had favored the benefits policy was enacted by Houston's former, and first openly gay, mayor, Annise Parker, in 2013.
And that was the same year that the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must extend benefits to married same-sex couples, while in 2015, the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states ... which, last I checked, though I don’t like the idea ... included Texas.
The plaintiffs—two taxpayers, and no doubt, _____ supporters, represented by same-sex marriage opponents—say that Houston's benefits policy goes further than the 2015 Supreme Court's Obergefell decision requires ... you know, that The Gays are equal and should be treated as such every-effing-where.
And the Texas Supreme Court agreed this time, though they originally declined to hear the case, but reversed course "under pressure from top Texas Republicans":
"Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton [all known homophobes ... my opinion] filed an amicus brief in October asking the all-Republican court to reconsider. They also asked the court to clarify that the U.S. Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges, does not 'bind state courts to resolve all other claims in favor of the right to same-sex marriage.'"
Yes, these wingnuts and bigots running Texas, while taking time away from their new anti-transgender platform, have convinced the state Supreme Court that even though the US Supreme Court found The Gays equal under the law, it doesn’t have to be that way in Texas.
So, you know, Fuck off, Texas.