The Brief: Texas Political News for Nov. 21, 2013

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker will move to extend health and life insurance benefits to same-sex legal spouses of city employees, despite a 2001 city charter amendment that was put to the voters specifically to prohibit the practice.

A legal fight is all but assured, with Parker's action possibly putting Texas' constitutional prohibition on gay marriage on a collision course with the U.S. Supreme Court's reversal over the summer of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Parker relied on an opinion from City Attorney David Feldman in deciding to move forward, reported the Houston Chronicle ...

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