Texas Supreme Court rules in favor of discrimination & against married couples

The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that it might not be necessary to provide married same-sex couples with the same benefits as their opposite-sex counterparts.

In a unanimous decision, the court reversed a lower court’s ruling in favor of Houston’s decision to extend spousal benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees, arguing that the “reach and ramifications” of the rights of gay couples have yet to be determined, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The case has been sent back down to the lower court, so that it may clarify this so-called “open question.”

In truth, there is no open question.

As ThinkProgress correctly notes, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that “the Constitution entitles same-sex couples to civil marriage ‘on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples.’” Further, just this week the Supreme Court reaffirmed that same-sex couples must be given marriage benefits equal to opposite-sex couples in Pavan v. Smith, ruling in favor of the rights of same-sex parents.

Notably, President Trump’s appointment to the court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, voted against those rights, and even wrote the dissenting opinion. Gorsuch called same-sex marriage “settled law” but has shown that he, like the Texas Supreme Court, is willing to cut the legs out from under it, until it scarcely resembles marriage.

Related: What Justice Gorsuch’s Supreme Court rulings so far tells us (Hint, it’s not good)

In fact, Republican-led efforts to undermine marriage equality are taking place across the country.

“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,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD. “Anti-LGBTQ activists will do anything possible to discriminate against our families.”

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