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Pidgeon v. Turner

Case Concerning Spousal Benefits for Married Same-Sex Couples

Key Date: December 4, 2017
Status: Resolved
Legal Team: City of Houston
Type: Other LGBT Litigation

Case Overview:

Pidgeon v. Turner concerns several residents of Houston, Texas challenging the City of Houston’s policy of granting employees with same-sex spouses the same benefits as city employees with heterosexual partners. Following the Obergefell ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, the residents claimed that the ruling merely concerned whether same-sex couples can receive marriage licenses – not whether they must receive the same benefits.

Latest in the Case:

In an egregious decision the Texas Supreme Court ruled June 30 in favor of the plaintiffs and against the City of Houston, writing that the U.S. Supreme Court did not clarify the question of whether same-sex couples are entitled to equal benefits. On September 15, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner requested review from the U.S. Supreme Court, but the Justices denied the petition on December 4, 2017.

Last Updated June 15, 2018

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