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Contact: John Chapa Gorczynski

John.Gorczynski@senate.texas.gov

281-851-1868 cell

January 20, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                               

Texas Supreme Court Joins Political Theatre

 

Austin, Texas - The Texas Supreme Court has reversed course and will now hear a case regarding the City of Houston's decision to provide partner benefits to all legally married couples. Specifically, the case was filed to end the City's practice of offering the same benefits to couples in same-sex marriages as those in all other marriages. Senator Sylvia Garcia issued the following statement in reaction to the Court's decision to hear the case:

 

"As an attorney and former judge, I'm dismayed at the undue influence and interference on the independence of the judiciary in this case. The fact that officials of both the legislative and executive branch successfully lobbied for this reversal is disturbing. It's sad that a court which is designed to be independent of politics has chosen to bend to the political will of some of activists and politicians. This case will once again waste resources only to prove a political point that will not withstand constitutional scrutiny. I hope the court will eventually rule with the City of Houston and side with their right to decide what benefits they will offer their employees and their families."

 

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State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia represents Senate District 6 and serves as Chair of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus

DE DIFUSIÓN INMEDIATA
Contacto: John Chapa Gorczynski
john.gorczynski@senate.texas.gov
281-851-1868
Enero 20, 2017

La Corte Suprema de Texas se suma al teatro político

Austin, Texas -  La Corte Suprema de Texas  ha revertido su curso y ahora considerará el caso referente a la decisión de la Ciudad de Houston de extender beneficios de cónyuge a toda pareja legalmente casada. Específicamente, el caso se introdujo para terminar con la práctica de la Ciudad de ofrecer a parejas del mismo sexo los mismos beneficios que a todo otro matrimonio. La Senadora Sylvia Garcia emitió la siguiente declaración, reaccionando ante la decisión de la Corte por considerar el caso:

“Como abogada y ex jueza, estoy consternada por la indebida influencia e interferencia a la independencia judicial en este caso. El hecho de que funcionarios tanto de la rama legislativa como ejecutiva promovieron exitosamente este giro de la Justicia es preocupante. Es muy triste que una corte establecida para ser independiente de toda política haya elegido doblegarse ante la presión de algunos activistas y políticos. Este caso volverá a malgastar recursos solo para probar una posición política que no resistirá el escrutinio constitucional. Espero que la corte falle eventualmente a favor de la Ciudad de Houston y su derecho a decidir los beneficios que ofrecerá a sus empleados y familiares”.