by Jared Woodfill
Editor in Chief – CRTX News
I have the honor of representing Houston taxpayers, Pastor Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks, in a case styled Pidgeon v Parker. My co-counsel, Jonathan Saenz, and I filed the case in 2013 when Mayor Annise Parker directed city staff to violate the Texas Constitution and specific state statutes by giving legal status and recognition to same-sex “marriages” in Texas, and offering benefits to same-sex “spouses” of employees at Houston taxpayers’ expense. We won the case in the trial court in 2014. The City of Houston then appealed to the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston. Unfortunately, the appellate court reversed the trial court in favor of the City of Houston. We then asked the Texas Supreme Court to hear the case. We requested that the Texas Supreme Court reverse the Houston Fourteenth Court of Appeals which effectively expanded Obergefell to taxpayer funded benefits. We argued that this ruling infringed on taxpayers’ religious liberties and 10th Amendment rights. Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief (literally, friend of the court; plural, amici curiae) in support of our rehearing. Another amicus brief was filed by Dr. Steve Hotze, Houston Area Pastors Council, Vision America and numerous state Senators and Representatives to hear this historic case. Initially, the Texas Supreme Court refused to hear the case. However, today we won a great victory-the Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case!
I am thankful that the Texas Supreme Court has agreed to take this historic case. The decision they make will have major implications for our children, grand-children, and great-grand children. Please keep this case in your prayers.
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