A district judge has ordered Houston to stop offering same-sex benefits to its employees. The order, found here, states that the city cannot issue benefits under the city’s charter and Family Penal Code because same-sex couples are not formally recognized by Texas.
“The city is preparing an immediate appeal. Once that appeal is filed, today’s ruling will be stayed and a previous order issued at the federal court level allowing the city to implement same sex spousal benefits will continue in effect. As a result, today’s action will have no impact on the status quo,” city spokeswoman Janice Evans said in a statement.
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