On Thursday a U.S district judge issued a stay to halt the U.S. labor Department from implementing rule that would expand medical leave protection to same-sex couples saying this would intrude on the rights of the states ban on gay marriage.
Witchita Falls, district judge granted Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to halt the government from revising the Family and Medical Leave Act to include federal employees of same-sex to avail medical leave protection.
Ken Paxton said, “We are pleased that the Department of Labor’s effort to override our laws via federal rule-making has been halted, and we will continue to defend our sovereignty in this case.”
This rule will grant family leave protections to all married same-sex couples across the United States.
Texas has a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Arkansas, Nebraska, Louisiana also have a ban on gay marriage so they also joined the suit to protect their state laws.
FMLA requires Companies to grant workers unpaid leave to take care of a sick family member or after giving birth without any fear of job loss.
These laws being a federal law, companies are required to follow the laws of the state in which the employers get married and not the laws of the state in which they reside.
The rule has been hailed by gay right groups and attorneys that represent workers. Some companies say that it would impose extra burden on them to know the employees personal information and the relevant laws. While others believe that a uniform policy will ease their financial stress to comply with number of laws.
In the Next month, U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider for the first time whether there is a constitutional right to marry.
Ruling in favor of the same-sex couples would subdue the family leave issue.