The decision came near a month ago but Roy Moore and his wife were too busy defending pedophilia allegations to react.
Via press release:
The Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama-based nonprofit corporation, applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a decision of the Texas Supreme Court not to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples.
After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, Houston, TX Mayor Annise Parker unilaterally decided to extend spousal benefits to spouses of Houston city employees even though Texas law prohibits such benefits. Taxpayers Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks sued the City, saying their tax dollars were being used illegally for this purpose. The Foundation for Moral Law joined with the Texas-based Institute for Creation Research to file an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court in support of Pidgeon and Hicks.
After the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Pidgeon and Hicks, the City of Houston petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for review. Earlier this month, the High Court denied their petition, thus allowing the Texas Supreme Court decision to stand.
Foundation President Kayla Moore welcomed the High Court’s decision, saying “The brief prepared by the Foundation and the Institute for Creation Research laid the ground work for a sound Texas Supreme Court decision that correctly refused to stretch the Constitution farther than it has already been stretched. The Texas decision is a victory for traditional marriage and for strict construction of the Constitution. We are thankful the U.S. Supreme Court has let the decision stand.”
Foundation Attorney Matthew Clark added, “The City of Houston tried to subvert the Constitution and Texas law by extending the Obergefell same-sex marriage decision beyond its limits. The Foundation is pleased to have partnered with the Institute for Creation Research to resist judicial activism and preserve jurisprudence of original intent.”
Observers believe SCOTUS rejected the appeal because the issue has not been conclusively ruled upon by the lower courts. Houston continues to offer spousal benefits while the case continues in the Texas courts.