Gay Rights Group Sues To Save Houston’s Same-Sex Benefits

HOUSTON (December 27, 2013) The New York-based gay rights group Lambda Legal has filed a federal lawsuit intended to preserve Houston's extension of benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of city employees.

Lambda Legal filed the suit Thursday on behalf of three municipal workers to maintain the extension of health and life insurance benefits.

Lambda's Kenneth Upton said the case “is about equal pay for equal work."

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is gay, announced the expanded coverage last month, flouting an opinion issued in April by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that said local governments and school districts that offer same-sex domestic partner benefits are violating the state constitution.

A state district judge imposed a temporary order that halts Houston's same-sex coverage, which will be the focus of a court hearing scheduled for Jan. 6.

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