Texas Can't Offer Benefits To Same-Sex Partners, AG Says

Law360, Houston (May 1, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT) -- Texas’ top law enforcement official said Monday that state subdivisions cannot legally offer spousal benefits to same-sex partners of public employees because the state’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

In a letter to Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said that by offering insurance and other benefits to the domestic partners of public employees, local governments and school districts within the state effectively create a “legal status” for same-sex marriage, which is banned by the Texas Constitution....
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