Texas Supreme Court: Gay Couples Have No Inherent Right To Marriage Benefits

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“The Texas Supreme Court’s decision this morning is a warning shot..."


The Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday that gay couples have no inherent right to government-funded spousal benefits.

The all-Republican nine-member court ruled that while the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 legalized same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, the “reach and ramifications” of the rights of gay couples are still up in the air.

The nation’s highest court legalized same-sex marriage, but did not detail what additional rights are guaranteed to such couples, according to the Texas court.

Conservative groups applauded the decision, calling it a ruling that protects traditional marriage.

Supporters of gay marriage said the Texas court got it wrong, arguing that the Supreme Court clearly stated that all marriages, traditional and same-sex, must be treated equally.

“The Texas Supreme Court’s decision this morning is a warning shot to all LGBTQ Americans that the war on marriage equality is ever-evolving, and anti-LGBTQ activists will do anything possible to discriminate against our families,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president of the LGBT advocacy group GLAAD.

The case stemmed from a dispute in 2013, when then-Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the city’s first openly gay mayor, was sued by two local taxpayers for her decision to grant government-subsidized spousal benefits to gay couples who were married in other states.

The two taxpayers, a pastor and a CPA, sued Parker, arguing that no city employees had a “fundamental right” to receive government-funded spousal benefits and that it was “perfectly constitutional” to grant benefits to traditionally married couples and deny them to same-sex couples.

The case appeared to be dead in the water when the state of Texas began extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015.

But conservative groups continued to press their case. Pressure by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton led the state’s Supreme Court to re-hear the case in March.

The state court ruling sends the issue back to a Harris County district court, which must consider whether the city of Houston is required to provide spousal benefits to same-sex couples.

“Pidgeon and the mayor, like many other litigants throughout the country, must now assist the courts in fully exploring Obergefell’s reach and ramifications, and are entitled to the opportunity to do so,” Justice Jeffrey Boyd wrote in the Texas court’s decision. “We reverse the court of appeals’ judgment, vacate the trial court’s temporary injunction order.”

Supporters of gay marriage say they will appeal the ruling.

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Aaaannnnnnd—  Just    where   is   the   L A W  that  legalizes same sex marriage?

Where........does the court......have ...legal  jurisdiction  to  write  law????

I'm so sorry, maybe the Constitution was ripped to shreds, in order to make this happen and I missed the whole thing. Because it sure CAN'T happen. No matter WHAT they say, they cannot violate the Law of Nature and Nature's God, PLUS, there IS NO LAW.

But, damnit, there IS DOMA, still in effect. And that pesky 10th A. Oh, well, there is that pesky Art. 1 and that pesky Art. II. Maybe I just don't read write, right?

DUH duh DUH  duh  DUH

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY???

"WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY???"

That list is soooooooooooo long these days...

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so true, and getting longer and more confusing to the dufuses.

Not so confusing to us, though....

and how did I leave out Art. III, where, no matter how hard I look, I see no jurisdiction for marriage. One way or the other.

Gee.............I wonder why.  Could it be our government has corrupted the Constitution, not to mention the Bible......?

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Can they really be as ignorant as they seem?

It really does NOT take that long to learn the spirit of the Constitution, or the phrases between each set of commas, kind of like the Bible.

I only read 18 authorized jurisdictions, can they count that high, or WHAT?!

Speaking of ignorant...   This is how dumb some of our high school and/or college kids are.  After heading home from a client one night this week, I decided to stop at Sonic Drive In on the way home and get a burger and onion rings.  When the carhop takes my money, part of my change would have been a dime, and she couldn't get the dimes to come out of the money changer.  And she asks "is it okay if I short you ten cents?  My dimes aren't working".  Course I didn't give a damn about the dime, but I said "You know.....two nickels would equal ten cents".  She stands there thinking about it a minute and then "Oh....uh....yeah, that's right, that works too huh?"        DUH

THAT'S how dumb the future generations are...

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I remember giving one carhop a bunch of change including pennies. I remember her looking at all of the change, and asking, "Is this exact?"

She had no idea of how to count it.

I have had students in college (community college/2 yr) who did not know how to read a ruler. They said they had never been taught. I kid you not.

I absolutely believe it....after all, many of them aren't teaching cursive anymore, or American history.  Washington Univiersity in it's infinite lack of wisdom and patriotism has decided that history majors don't need to take American History classes...........................HUH?  So how can they be a "major"?

And, I forget who, but I think a guest on Tucker said he had to fight to get the local school board to teach European history. They didn't know jacksquat about England or France.

Not knowing anything about anything leaves them all ripe for takeover.

...........Looking for that instigating culprit?

OH Frank!   I think you've outdone yourself....

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Donald Trump Fuels Viral ‘Loser CNN’ Meme

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Congressman Calls Trump ‘Psychopath’
For Saying Out Loud What Rational-Minded Americans
Are Thinking About FBI

Democrats have become so unhinged over their hatred for President Donald Trump that they think nothing of calling the commander in chief a “psychopath.”

Case in point, U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., who took great exception to Trump saying out loud what most rational minded Americans are already thinking when it comes to the FBI.

The president took to Twitter on Saturday to state the obvious, that it’s unacceptable that the FBI failed to follow up on a credible tip about the Parkland, Fla., high school gunman who killed 17 people, and that the bureau has been too distracted in “trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.”

“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!,” Trump tweeted. 
Donald J. Trump Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud! 

 The FBI released a statement acknowledging that protocols were not followed when the tip that may have saved 17 lives was recieved.

“On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him,” the bureau said in a statement. “The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”

As for the “signals” the president referenced, the killer could not have screamed his intentions any louder than he did in the weeks leading up to last week’s shooting.

But this proved to be inconsequential to Congressman Gallego, an Iraq War veteran who responded to the president’s post by declaring “America will regret the day you were ever born.”

“You are such a psychopath that you have to make even the death of 17 children about you. America will regret the day you were ever born,” he tweeted. 

You are such a psychopath that you have to make even the death of 17 children about you. America will regret the day you were ever born.

Gallego, who announced in 2016 he was divorcing his wife while she was pregnant with their first child, criticized Trump is a second tweet for commenting on a news conference held by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who said that no Americans had knowledge of the efforts of 13 Russian nationals indicted last week for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The lawmaker noted that “children are being buried today.”

Of course, that didn’t stop the hypocrite from tweeting his support for pro-abortion Democratic women running for office on the same day “children are being buried.”

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