U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has issued a preliminary injunction that stays the expansion of the word “spouse” to include same-sex spouses for the purpose of the Family Medical Leave Act.
O’Connor issued the injunction in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by Texas Attoney General Ken Paxton, who claims that expanding the definition of spouse would violate Texas’ constitutional amendment banning recognition of same-sex marriage.
that amendment of course has already been judged to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution. But Paxton – like other right-wing jackasses such as Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who visited Texas Monday to speak at an anti-marriage equality rally in Austin – apparently wasn’t in law school class the day the teacher explained the Supremacy Clause, which says that when state constitutions are at odds with the federal constitution, the federal constitution wins.
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