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In Texas, Republicans Refuse to Give up the Gay Marriage Fight

Oliver Contreras
Zuma Press

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling last year, Texas Republicans are not yet ready to give up the fight, reports The Austin American-Statesman.

GOP activists in the state have now launched legal briefs and an email campaign targeting individual justices on the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court.

Their aim is to create a precedent by abolishing benefits the city of Houston provides to married same-sex couples. In the view of many conservative legislators in the Lone Star State, the Houston case provides a good opportunity to limit the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

But there’s a major hitch: By an eight to one vote, the Texas high court has already upheld a lower court’s ruling that let the benefits stand. So, the efforts of gay-marriage opponents will require eight of the Texas Supreme Court’s justices to go back on their own ruling.