AG Greg Abbott Bans Same-Sex Benefits In Cities, Counties & School Districts, Sorta

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Greg Abbott doesn't like it at all.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, in an ironic twist of timing, has struck down the ability of cities, counties and school districts to offer domestic partner benefits.

By almost any measure, today was a landmark day for the GLBT community, with all eyes focused on basketball player Jason Collins, the first and only gay working professional athlete in any major sport. However, that announcement, hailed by many in the NBA community, is being bookended in Texas with Abbott's decision that benefits cannot be created since the state cannot create a legal status identical or similar to marriage.

The opinion is non-binding, but undoubtedly pleasurable to the rightwing crowd.

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, requested the decision. In his November letter, Patrick noted that Texas voters went to the polls back in 2005 to specifically define marriage as a state between one man and one woman.

"Unfortunately, the plain language and clear legislative intent is either being
ignored by a growing number of local governmental entities or these entities don't
believe this Texas Constitutional provision applies to their decisions," Patrick wrote.

According to Abbott's decision, the state constitution does not prohibit jurisdictions from extending benefits to people who are outside of marriage. It does, however, prohibit any jurisdiction in the state from creating or recognizing a status that is identical or similar to marriage.

The decision hits Travis County hardest, where the city and county, as well as the Austin and Pflugerville school districts, have extended benefits to same-sex partners as well as heterosexual couples that may choose to live together without marriage. Other jurisdictions extending benefits included the cities of El Paso, San Antonio and Fort Worth, as well as Dallas and El Paso counties.

Already, bills were moving through the Texas legislature to strip health care dollars from school districts and other jurisdictions extending domestic partner benefits. Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, argued that school districts extending benefits to same sex and domestic partners would put an excessive burden on financial resources. His Democratic colleagues were less than supportive.

"If we outlawed marriage, we could save a ton of money," Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumont, retorted.

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bluebayouboy
bluebayouboy

Abbott is just one of many idiots in a party the religious extremist crybabies who took over years ago.  My entire Texas family has abandoned the GOP.  Sorry RNC Senatorial Commitee - no more checks ever.  Young Americans are running from the GOP and the wacko churches en masse.  I'm tired of waiting for all these old, white, uneducated rednecks in Texas to die off.     Taking Health Care away from ANYONE is unacceptable Mr. Abbott.  It is hateful,  it is unchristian, and it is WRONG.   

Perry UncleBear Beaton
Perry UncleBear Beaton

The ones that protest the loudest are usually the ones caught with their hands in the penis jar...

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Being gay is not a lifestyle. I seriously don't even know what that means.

paulahdenmon
paulahdenmon

Abbott's self-description of his job.  I go to work, sue Barack Obama, then go Home.

What a stupid,stupid way to waste Texas Taxpayers Money.  I am one of them, and I resent this idiot and all the others like him in Texas Politics.. But times are changing, and soon he will be gone. 

Taylor Kirk
Taylor Kirk

The issue of marriage equality in the United States is going in one direction and the progress is now irreversible. The faster folks get behind this basic human rights issue the more kindly they will be treated by the history books.

Susan Fehrman Garcia
Susan Fehrman Garcia

I don't agree with the gay lifestyle but Mr. Abbott has no business in anyone's sex life.

Jef Withonef
Jef Withonef

I love the commenter "There are more important things to worry about." Says the man that doesn't have to worry about them.

Michelle Michon
Michelle Michon

Let him just try closing down a school district and see what the parents have to say about it.

halfwit2k
halfwit2k

I am so tired of this Goddamned state.

icandyart
icandyart

Oh wait, what? I thought the argument against gay marriage was about religion and the sanctity of marriage. Looks like it's CLEARLY about money and discrimination of governmental rights.

Nate
Nate

I have a feeling these aren't the type of  tyrannical actions that the pot bellied come and take its are crying about.

Craigley
Craigley

All eyes are not focused on r Jason Collins!  This is a lousy distraction from running the country like a business.

MadMac
MadMac

Sorry, had to go back and re-read the story. You're right, Jason Collins is mentioned. Once. I think this about something larger than a millionaire who--while commendable--loses nothing in his declaration. It's a little different for teachers, clerks, cops, and trash collectors who conduct the state's business.

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