Lawmaker asks Paxton if state agencies moved too fast to accommodate same-sex couples

Lawmaker asks Paxton if state agencies moved too fast to accommodate same-sex couples

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In this June 29, 2015 photo, Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case that legalized same sex marriage nationwide, is backed by supporters of the courts ruling on same-sex marriage on the step of the Texas Capitol during a rally in Austin, Texas.

AUSTIN — A Northeast Texas lawmaker has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton for a nonbinding legal opinion on whether state pension funds and vital-statistics officials jumped the gun late last month in accommodating same-sex couples.

Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, says that state entities and local officials such as the Travis County clerk moved too fast after the Supreme Court declared on June 26 that states’ gay marriage bans are unconstitutional.

State laws continue to define marriage as between a man and a woman, he noted.

“Absent action by the Legislature, any state agency or local political subdivision action to award marriage or any other benefit arising under Texas law to same-sex couples is ……… read more here.

by Robert T. Garrett

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