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Couple Believed to Be First in Nation to Take Legal Action to Secure Same-sex Spousal Benefits from a Faith-based Employer after Supreme Court’s Ruling

Action affects up to 30,000 employees

Kaplan Law Firm, PLLC and O’Connell & Soifer LLP are pleased to announce that pursuant to legal action taken by their clients, CHRISTUS Health has agreed to change its health benefits plan so that coverage will now extend to all legally married couples, including same-sex couples.  CHRISTUS is a Catholic non-profit health system that includes more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, primarily in Texas and Louisiana.  This is believed to be the first time since the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision that a same-sex couple has taken legal action and secured healthcare benefits from a faith-based employer.

Roberts Press Release

Hood County Believed to Be First in Nation to Pay Financial Settlement for Refusing to Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses

O’Connell & Soifer LLP and Kaplan Law Firm PLLC are pleased to announce the settlement of their clients’ marriage equality lawsuit, James Cato and Jody Stapleton v. Katie Lang, in her official capacity as Hood County Clerk, No. 4:15-cv-491-A in the U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas, Ft. Worth Division.  Cato and Stapleton are believed to be the first same-sex couple whose challenge to a County Clerk for failure to issue a marriage license to them resulted in both the issuance of licenses and payment by the County of the attorneys’ fees incurred by the couple in fighting for their rights.  Hood County paid $43,872.10 to settle the case.

Cato v. Lang Settlement Press Release

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