Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Supreme Court declines Alabama case involving jury selection

Supreme Court declines Alabama case involving jury selection

The case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court for oral arguments on December 5 is a showdown between a gay couple from Colorado and a Denver-area baker who in 2012 cited his Christian faith in refusing to make a cake for their wedding celebration. While that case was going through the state court system, Obergefell (the U.S. Supreme Court case making gay marriage the law of the land) happened.

The case will now proceed in a Texas state court, which could decide to stop the benefits offered by the fourth most populous US city.

Pidgeon and Hicks, also backed by state Republican leaders, argued that the benefits violated the Texas constitution and state and local laws against same-sex marriage.

While it's a shame that the U.S. Supreme Court didn't knock down the Texas Supreme Court ruling today, this is hardly over.

Many observers pointed to the makeup of the Texas Supreme Court - justices who are elected, not appointed - as they reason they came to the decision.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a brief statement agreeing with the decision not to take up the case.

Lawyers for Pidgeon and Hicks told the state Supreme Court that the Obergefell ruling should be interpreted narrowly and did not require states to give taxpayer subsidies to same-sex couples any more than the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion required states to subsidize abortions. The lawsuit remains pending before trial court.

Sotomayor said that the during the voir dire, "the Houston County District Attorney's Office exercised peremptory challenges against 10 out of 11 qualified African-American venire members, and used 12 of its 18 strikes against women".

"I am very disappointed that the Supreme Court did not grant cert today", Phariss said.

The denial of certiorari by the Supreme Court on Monday is second time opponents of the Texas Supreme Court were denied relief in the federal judiciary.

Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said in June that Houston would continue to be an inclusive city that respects the legal marriages of all employees.

For religious leaders in Colorado, the case is of equal importance.

The Supreme Court won't take up a death penalty case from Alabama in which attorneys said African-American jurors were improperly excluded from the jury.

So the Texas Supreme Court took back its rejection of the case and eventually ruled that there is no established right to spousal benefits.

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