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TX still denies marriage benefits to same-sex couples

Homosexual couples from the Texas National Guard are still being deprived of federal marriage benefits as the state recently denied granting a federal housing allowance to a married lesbian couple.

American Military Partner Association spokeswoman Chris Rowzee asserted that the state’s denial of granting federal marriage benefits to married homosexual couples is “discriminatory and illegal,” arguing that a federal benefit such as a housing loan should not be barred by the state.

The Defense Department earlier released policies allowing same-sex couples who are members of the military service to be entitled for the same benefits as heterosexual couples. However, these policies go against Texas’ current ruling that bans the recognition of same sex marriage.

Texas laws concerning LGBT marriages are constantly being affected by factors, such as federal and state amendments, making it critical to have legal support when dealing with any family law or divorce issues. At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, our Houston-based attorneys are versed in the most current laws and can help you. Call us at (713) 802-1777.


Supreme Court touches on issues of LGBT marriage and divorce

The Texas Supreme Court tackled issues surrounding same-sex marriage and divorce on Tuesday, November 5. The arguments the court heard surrounded issues relating to whether Texas can grant divorces to LGBT couples who were married elsewhere.

The hearing focused on two same-sex couples questioning whether the state’s same-sex marriage ban approved in 2005 applies to same-sex divorce, and if it conflicts with the Federal Constitution.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott believes that after Texas’ approval of a constitutional ban on gay marriage, the state law would not allow Texas to recognize LGBT divorces, as it will not legally recognize LGBT marriages.

Over the years, state and federal laws concerning same-sex marriage and divorce have been constantly changing. As such, dealing with family issues as a same-sex couple can be even more difficult. If you are a same-sex couple from Houston seeking counseling for legal matters, such as divorce, our legal team at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can help. Call us at (713) 802-1777 to discuss your situation today.

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