December 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Texas judge blocks gay partner benefits
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Houston Mayor Annise Parker (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

HOUSTON—A Harris County (Texas) judge on Dec. 18 issued a temporary injunction against Texas’ largest city from extending benefits to same-sex spouses of municipal employees.

Lone Star Q reported State District Judge Lisa Millard’s ruling is in response to a lawsuit that Harris County GOP Chair Jared Woodfill filed on behalf of two men who challenged Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s decision to extend benefits to same-sex partners of city employees who legally married in other jurisdictions. A hearing on the issue is scheduled to take place on Jan. 6.

“The city will seek its immediate reversal,” Parker’s spokesperson, Janice Evans-Davis, told Lone Star Q upon learning of Millard’s ruling.

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