Texas sues to keep same-sex couples from taking family leave


Texas sues to keep same-sex couples from taking family leave:

It’s no secret that Texas is not taking kindly to laws legalizing and affirming same-sex unions. But Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is taking things one step further in his disdain for LGBT people in loving relationships. 

The Department of Labor is slated this week to change the definition of “spouse” as it’s listed in the Family and Medical Leave Act in order to make it more inclusive of same-sex couples. The law protects people who need to take time off work in order to care for sick spouses. And Paxton is suing the United States and refusing to abide by the new policy.

"This lawsuit is about defending the sovereignty of our state, and we will continue to protect Texas from the unlawful overreach of the federal government. The newly revised definition of ‘spouse’ under the FMLA is in direct violation of state and federal laws and U.S. Constitution," Paxton said in a statement. "Texans have clearly defined the institution of marriage in our state, and attempts by the Obama Administration to disregard the will of our citizens through the use of new federal rules is unconstitutional and an affront to the foundations of federalism."
Paxton has also instructed all state agency heads that they should not follow the changes made to federal law.
"The Office of the Attorney General is not amending its policy to comply with the [U.S. Labor Department’s] unlawful rule and we advise state agencies to follow state law and not accede to the U.S. Department of Labor rule," he said.

Give it a rest. This is the way it’s going to be from now on. Either get on board, or keep your opinions out of other people’s rights. 

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