Dec 17, 2013 6:28 PM by Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) - Harris County Republicans have sued the city of Houston over its extension of health and life insurance benefits last month to legally married same-sex spouses of city employees.
Jared Woodfill, chairman of the Harris County Republican party, told the Houston Chronicle Tuesday the city acted unilaterally.
The lawsuit filed in state District court alleges the mechanism used by Mayor Annise Parker, who is openly gay, violated the city charter, the state Defense of Marriage Act and Texas Constitution.
City Attorney David Feldman said he expected the lawsuit would be thrown out because the filers did not appear to have legal standing.
An opinion issued in April by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said local governments offering such benefits are violating the state constitution.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
57 minutes ago
Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.
Send us your feedback. We want to hear from you!
Look at photos and videos and share them!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Website
Get KRISTV.com on your mobile or PDA!
|KRISTV.COM Mobile Apps
Get our mobile apps on your mobile or PDA!
See the latest winning numbers!
|6 News Team
Read about your favorite KRIS-TV personalities!
|FCC Online Public File
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and more