The Texas attorney general is suing the federal labor department over a plan that would extend family and medical leave benefits to married same-sex couples.
Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the lawsuit Wednesday. He argues that a proposed federal rule changes the definition of a spouse, requiring Texas agencies to violate state law by granting those benefits to gay couples legally married in other states.
The rule is set to take effect March 27.
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Paxton also advised state agencies to ignore the rule and instead follow a state law that bans gay marriages. A federal judge has ruled the law unconstitutional, but Texas has been allowed to enforce the ban while it appeals the ruling.
A message seeking comment was left with a Labor Department representative Thursday.