Texas marriage equality vote sets off legal fireworks in Texas
Posted On August 9, 2021
The Texas Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriages for the first time, sending a powerful message to lawmakers in the state who are considering a similar measure next week.
But there was plenty of drama ahead.
The high court announced on Monday that it would hear a challenge from a group of evangelical pastors who argue that their Christian faith requires them to marry same-gender couples, a move that would effectively legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians in Texas.
The decision means that gay couples will be able to marry at any county courthouse in Texas, regardless of whether they are eligible to marry in another state.
That ruling will have far-reaching implications for the future of same-lock marriage in Texas and across the nation.
The Texas case was filed last month by the American Family Association, an anti-gay group, and the National Organization for Marriage, a Christian group that supports gay marriage.
The group’s attorney, Mark Ferrandino, said in a statement that the ruling “sets an unprecedented precedent that will allow businesses, unions and private associations to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”
The plaintiffs are asking the justices to reverse the Texas decision, saying the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-gendered marriage has violated the U.S. Constitution.
“The Supreme Court of the United States has no authority to interpret a statute of Congress that violates the U of T Constitution,” Ferrandini said in the statement.
The American Family Act’s complaint alleges that the court’s ruling is “a direct and direct assault on our constitutional rights to marry our loving partners and the right to equal protection under the law.”
Ferrandinino’s group, which is funded by the Koch brothers and other conservatives, argues that the Supreme the court has the power to decide marriage between same- and opposite-sex couples, which they say is a constitutional right.
But the lawsuit contends that Texas lawmakers have a “moral duty” to take that step.
The justices have never ruled on the question of same sex marriage, but the justices have already said that they would uphold Texas’ ban on same sex marriages.
“This case should not distract from the Supreme court’s important ruling that states cannot discriminate against couples who wish to marry on the basis of sexual orientation,” said the American Association of University Women President Lisa Graves in a written statement.
But Ferrandio did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press. “
That includes upholding Texas’ anti-discrimination law, and we will continue our fight to defend marriage equality and to ensure that marriage equality remains a constitutional issue for all Americans.”
But Ferrandio did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
On Tuesday, Ferrandinos attorney Mark Siegel said that the law school would continue to defend Texas’ marriage ban.
The case is being handled by David B. Tatum, who previously handled a similar challenge against the state of North Carolina.
Tumors attorneys argued that the case could affect millions of Americans, and that his clients have a religious belief that they are not allowed to discriminate.
In a statement, Ferrininos attorneys said they were disappointed in the court, which has made it clear that it has no legal authority to decide the question.
“It is unfortunate that the justices’ ruling has created a legal precedent that can be used by employers, landlords and other private organizations to discriminate on the grounds of sexual identity and orientation,” Ferrannino’s statement said.
“Our lawyers are working hard to ensure the court will not take any action that could harm the plaintiffs’ religious beliefs.”