Texas Rules Same-Sex Benefits Not Required by Law, Setting Stage to Repeal Obergefell

STEVEN HOTZE, Charisma News

Today, the Texas Supreme Court ruled states can define marriage, essentially overturning Obergefell v. Hodges and sending shockwaves around the country. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court redefined traditional biblical marriage between a man and a woman to include homosexual marriage.

The victory came after a four-year legal battle.

In 2013, Houston attorney Jared Woodfill filed a lawsuit against liberal Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Woodfill argued Parker broke state law by using taxpayer dollars to pay for same-sex benefits to City of Houston employees.

Pastor Jack Pidgeon and Republican activist Larry Hicks had the courage to serve as Woodfill’s clients.

A fabulous Harris County Family Court judge, Lisa Millard, agreed with Woodfill’s argument and ruled Mayor Parker’s conduct broke the law. But the liberal left appealed the decision and overturned Millard’s decision. Woodfill was not deterred, however, and took the case to the Texas Supreme Court.

Originally, the Texas Supreme Court refused to hear the case. But Justice John Devine issued a dissenting opinion. Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief to support Woodfill and swayed the court’s mind.