El Paso Domestic Partner Benefits Get Texas Court's OK

Law360, Dallas (May 23, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT) -- A Texas state judge on Tuesday denied a bid to have an El Paso County ordinance that provides health benefits to its employees’ domestic partners declared unconstitutional and blocked an injunction request that would have immediately barred the county from paying out the benefits.

In a brief order, El Paso District Judge Patrick Garcia denied community activist Carl Starr’s request for a declaratory judgment that the law violates the Texas Constitution. Starr filed the suit May 1, days after an advisory opinion from the Texas Attorney...
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