A federal district court granted a preliminary injunction on Thursday ordering the Department of Labor to postpone the application of a rule that would have extended Family and Medical Leave Act benefits to same-sex married couples even in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage. The FMLA amendment was to go into effect on March 27.
In a lawsuit filed March 18, the Texas state attorney general argued that the federal regulation would violate state law that does not recognize same-sex marriages and that the DOL overstepped its authority in redefining the term spouse. Louisiana, Nebraska and Arkansas also joined the suit.
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