Unfathomably, the Texas Supreme Court has decided that just because obergefell finds that gay people can marry each other, they aren't necessarily entitled to the same BENEFITS as straight people.
"The Supreme Court held in Obergefell that the Constitution requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriages to the same extent that they license and recognize opposite-sex marriages,” according to Justice Jeffrey Boyd’s opinion, “but it did not hold that states must provide the same publicly funded benefits to all married persons.”The case comes from whether or not Houston should give its employees equal benefits regardless of whether they are in a same-sex or opposite-sex marriage. But two men claim that as taxpayers, they shouldn't have to "subsidize" marriages they view as obscene.
Honestly, it's no wonder the fastest growing religious group in this country is the "nones", with this sort of bile being spewed by so-called "Christians".
To be fair, the court just turfed the issue back down to a lower court. They didn't elminate benefits. But it shouldn't remain a question, surely, and seems clear that they should have trounced it once and for all.
Of course, now that we have Neil Gorsuch on the SCOTUS, the federal appeal to this may not be a slam dunk. Lots of people claimed he was a good guy, that he wasn't opposed to LGBT rights.
On Monday, Gorsuch indicated that he opposes equal rights for same-sex couples, dissenting from a ruling that requires states to list same-sex parents on birth certificates. (Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito joined his dissent.) That, alone, is startling: In Obergefell v. Hodges, the court held that the Constitution compels states to grant same-sex couples “the constellation” of “rights, benefits, and responsibilities” that “the states have linked to marriage,” including “birth and death certificates.” Obergefell, then, already settled this issue. Gorsuch’s dissent suggests he may not accept Obergefell as settled law and may instead seek to undermine or reverse it.
Apparently, the FACT that over 60% of Americans support marriage equality means nothing, when there's a vile group of so called Christians able to attack our rights. Funny, first they attacked us because we were a minority, and now that support is in the majority, they attack us because of that.
How is it that a minority of Christians who identify with this stuff are still winning legal battles in their intent to do me harm?