The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Texas case on gay-marriage benefits Monday, allowing a previous ruling, saying the right to a marriage license did not entitle same-sex couples to spousal benefits under employee insurance plans, to stand. The decision was reached by the Texas Supreme Court last June.
The news drew a strong reaction from our readers.
Many expressed their frustration with the differences between benefits protected for same-sex versus opposite-sex couples:
Others took issue with the possible implications of the ruling:
Several readers focused on the issue of employee benefit dependence, as opposed to same-sex marriage rights:
The federal court’s decision was issued without comment.
Lawyers from Houston, where the original case was based, have argued “that the Texas ruling was wrong, short-sighted and invited endless rounds of litigation from opponents determined to limit the impact of legalized same-sex marriage,” the American-Statesman’s Chuck Lindell reports.