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Houston Same-Sex Benefits Row May Test Obergefell's Reach

Law360, Dallas (January 23, 2017, 8:32 PM EST) -- The Texas Supreme Court's decision to hear a challenge to Houston's same-sex employee benefits program could not only impact ​employers ​and threaten the rights of such couples across the state, but also lay the groundwork for a U.S. Supreme Court appeal to limit the effect of the Obergefell decision nationwide.

In Pidgeon v. Turner, the Texas justices will hear arguments in March that although the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges recognized the right of same-sex couples to marry, it did not extend to them other benefits, including health benefits for legally married same-sex spouses.

The suit, brought by two...

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