Friday, March 20, 2015

Texas sues United States over same-sex marrage benefits

Texas sued the United States on Wednesday, challenging Department of Labor rules that require the state to recognize same-sex couples who were married in another state.

Attorney General Ken Paxton claims that extending Family and Medical Leave Act benefits to same-sex couples would violate the Texas Constitution.
Paxton sued the United States and the Department of Labor in Federal Court.

The Department of Labor recently changed its definition of what a spouse is  under the FMLA to recognize same-sex unions from out-of-state. Set to begin on March 27, the rule requires employers to allow the same FMLA leave rights given to heterosexual couples.

Paxton argued a mix of state's rights and an unfair economic burden on Texas employers.

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