Houston’s Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker Illegally Authorizes Same Sex Marriage Benefits

Yesterday, Houston’s Lesbian Mayor, Annise Parker—in violation of the State of Texas Constitution and a 2001 City of Houston charter amendment—announced her city would offer health and life insurance benefits to all spouses of legally married employees including same sex couples. In addition to violating her oath of office, Houston’s first lesbian mayor now feels she has the power to flout the highest rule of law in her home state as well.

“Based on the right to equal protection under the law, it is unconstitutional for the city to continue to deny benefits to the same-sex spouses of our employees who are legally married,” Parker said. “This change is not only the legal thing to do, it is the right, just and fair thing to do.”

Did I mention that Mayor Parker majored in psychology, sociology and anthropology in college?

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Annise-ParkerThe laws of the Constitution of the State of Texas and the laws established in the Houston City Charter bind the mayor and its residents to state law, which supersedes local law.

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Article 1, Section 32 of the Constitution of the State of Texas states: “Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman. This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.”

The City of Houston charter states: “Except as required by state or federal law, the City of Houston shall not provide employment benefits, including health care, to persons other than employees, their legal spouses and dependent children.”

The 2005 Amendment to the Texas Constitution (above) received (as required by law) the vote of over two thirds of all members elected to each chamber of the Texas Legislature. The amendments ratification also received (as required by law) the majority support of citizens voting in a legal popular election. In other words, the residents of the state of Texas and their elected representatives both decided, men cannot marry men and women cannot marry women in Texas. They also cannot enter into legally recognized civil unions in the State of Texas.

A few months ago, the US Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Moreover, the court did not legalize same sex marriage or domestic partnerships; instead, it deferred to states’ rights, leaving the conversation (over same sex marriage) open to more legal debate.

So what is the problem? Here is the problem. Mayor Parker has decided to accept the marriage licenses of same sex couples—marriage licenses issued in other states—as legal proof of marriage if you work for the City of Houston. Which in turn, now, at least temporarily, allows these homosexual mayor anointed spouses to claim spousal health and life insurance benefits at taxpayer expense?

Here is a long list of things requiring licensing by the State of Texas (which includes the City of Houston):

Carry a concealed weapon, fish, hunt, practice medicine, practice law, spray pesticides, practice dentistry, cut and style human hair, perform manicures (Houston by law requires their own separate license), operate a day care, sell beer, wine and liquor, and after thirty days of established residency, by law, you must have a Texas Driver’s License to legally drive on Texas roads.

Texas does not accept or recognize, as legal, any license issued outside of its state’s jurisdiction. To perform any of the above-mentioned activities legally in the Texas, you must have a State of Texas license.

Houston is a political subdivision of Texas. Mayor Parker’s illegal, elitist and Obamalike creation of same sex “marriage” is not only an illegal overreach, but may also be a crime. The Mayor has a fiduciary responsibility to Houston City taxpayers. To spend any taxpayer money to provide for same sex marriage benefits is a violation of the voter approved Houston City charter, acts in violation of the Texas State Constitution and is a misuse of public funds, a state and federal crime.

For those of you who are not familiar with Texas government and politics, Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott is the front-runner in our upcoming Texas gubernatorial election. He is running against the famed diaper wearing feminist filibusterer, Wendy Davis. According to Attorney General Abbott and the Houston Court of Appeals, the Texas Constitutions language on marriage is “unambiguous, clear and controlling.”

My guess is Mayor Parker is in for one heck of a battle.

This battle in Texas should prove to be one for the history books. It will also have tremendous consequences for states’ rights. If Houston’s Democrat Mayor, escapes the legal consequences for violating the laws of the Texas constitution, this red state, may find itself turning blue one day soon. Moreover, nothing would make Obama and the Democrat Party happier.

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