With their decision to not hear the case, the US Supreme Court will allow a ruling denying gay spouses equal benefits as straight couples in Texas.
The decision, which originally allowed for all couples to receive benefits, was reversed in June by the state’s supreme court according to Gay Star News. The reversal came after several of the state’s top conservative lawmakers pushed for the case to be retried.
The city of Houston appealed the case decision to the US Supreme Court, but they refused to hear the case. The decision will allow the lower court’s ruling to stand.
“With all eyes on tomorrow’s oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop religious exemptions case, the Supreme Court has just let an alarming ruling by the Texas Supreme Court stand which plainly undercuts the rights of married same-sex couples,” said GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis. “Today’s abnegation by the nation’s highest court opens the door for an onslaught of challenges to the rights of LGBTQ people at every step.”
Houston began paying same-sex couples equal benefits after the Supreme Court recognized marriage equality in 2015’s Obergefell v. Hodges case. They will continue to pay equal benefits to same-sex couples, according to Gay Star News