A Texas court decided this week that same-sex couples were no longer entitled to government-subsidized spousal benefits, refusing to use taxpayer money to fund same-sex marriage.
It was the Texas Supreme Court on June 30th, that overturned a case from a lower court that originally said that benefits for same-sex couples were a right.
“The Supreme Court held in Obergefell that the Constitution requires states to license and recognize same-sex marriages to the same extent that they license and recognize opposite-sex marriages, but it did not hold that states must provide the same publicly funded benefits to all married persons,” wrote the Texas Supreme Court.
A supporter of the court decision, one Republican attorney General Ken Paxton, expressed his support of the ruling.
“While the U.S. Supreme Court declared a right to same-sex marriage, that ruling did not resolve all legal issues related to marriage,” stated Paxton.
LGBT advocacy groups opposed the ruling precisely on the grounds that it was an assault on Obergefell v. Hodges.
“This absurd contortion of the Obergefell ruling defies all logic and reason,” said Kenneth Upton, the senior counsel with an LGBT rights legal group.
Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD, expressed her opposition of the ruling.