Court Case Could Limit Same-Sex Marriage Burden

Court Case Could Limit Same-Sex Marriage Burden
CHARLESTON, WV – While Texas’ Republicans Continue to Restore Common Sense and Respect for State Law on Marriage, West Virginia’s new Moderate Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael, Heads in the Wrong Direction by Agreeing to Headline Gay Activist Rally at Charleston Capitol this Thursday.

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AUSTIN – In the only case of its kind in the nation, attorneys will appear before the Texas Supreme Court to prove that city taxpayers are not legally required to pay for same-sex spousal benefits.

—But before you read on..can you can contribute to our West Virginia efforts? We have to push back on these unconstitutional laws here too and it takes some resources to do it when West Virginia’s Republican senate leadership is committed to fighting against key planks in the Republican Party Platform, especially against our efforts to uphold the traditional marriage plank, private property rights plank and rights of religious conscience plank.

Please help us fight this fight. Can you contribute $25, $50, $100 or even $250 today towards our efforts to defend private property rights and rights of religious conscience.? Click here to donate online!  

On Wednesday morning, oral arguments for Pidgeon v. Houston will begin at the Supreme Court of Texas building, 200 W. 14th St., Austin. The lead attorneys in the case are Texas Values President and Attorney Jonathan Saenz, (Saenz is the Family Policy Council President in Texas.)

Jonathan Mitchell will present the arguments for the case to enforce Texas law that subsidizing same-sex benefits with tax dollars is illegal. While the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that there is a constitutional right to a marriage license for same-sex couples, the High Court did not specifically rule on the issue of insurance benefits.

“Texas deserves to have the rule of law upheld,” said Jonathan Saenz, Texas Values President and Attorney.

Wednesday’s oral argument will be an important step in defending our state’s marriage laws and protecting taxpayers’ right to not be forced to fund same-sex benefits with tax dollars. We thank Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and over 70 other elected officials and key leaders for the supportive legal amicus briefs they filed for our side in this important case.”

The attorneys are representing Houston taxpayers Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks in their case that Obergefell v. Hodges does not make it mandatory for cities to finance same-sex couple spousal employment benefits.

Saenz and Woodfill initially were victorious on this issue before a state trial court in Houston.

Read our brief for this case.
http://txvalues.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Pidgeon-and-Hicks-Petition-for-Rehearing-FINAL.pdf

Read the joint brief here submitted by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Gov. Greg Abbott.
http://txvalues.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Pidgeon-Amicus-FINAL-v3.pdf

Read the brief here submitted by over 70 elected officials and state leaders.
http://txvalues.org/2016/10/17/elected-officials-candidates-leaders-call-for-texas-supreme-court-to-hear-houston-same-sex-benefits-case/
P.S. The Charleston Capitol was packed with lobbyists today but we are the only group defending faith, family and freedom. If you can help our lobbying efforts the Family Policy Council would be able to challenge our officials to act right and uphold constitutional protections for ALL citizens, not just a select few.

Please help us fight this fight in West Virginia. Can you contribute $25, $50, $100 or even $250 today towards these efforts? Click here to donate online!  

About The Family Policy Council of West Virginia

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is The Mountain State’s leading conservative policy group championing social issues. The group positively influences state laws, state lawmakers and state elections to defend the constitutional right of religious freedom for the state’s families and churches.

 

 

 

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