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Houston to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

By Juan A. Lozano
|  Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013  |  Updated 3:09 PM CDT
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Houston to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Houston, Texas.

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Houston has announced it will provide benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of city employees.

Those couples who take advantage of the new policy will have been married in other states as Texas bans same-sex unions.

The announcement Wednesday flouts an opinion issued in April by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott saying local governments and school districts that offer same-sex domestic partner benefits are violating the state constitution.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker said Wednesday the decision is based on a city legal department interpretation of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and other relevant case law from the around the country.

In September, the Texas National Guard refused a Pentagon directive to process applications for military benefits for same-sex couples, citing state law that does not recognize gay marriage.
 

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