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On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to
license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two
people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.
Obergefell v. Hodges, __ U.S. __ (No. 14-556, June 26, 2015).
The surviving spouse is entitled to receive death benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
The surviving spouse must provide a marriage license or satisfactory evidence of common-law
marriage. Section 2.401 of the Texas Family Code limits the definition of a common law marriage
to a relationship between a man and a woman.
However, Texas courts will likely hold that this statute was modified by the Due Process and Equal
Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States as
interpreted by the Supreme Court in Obergefell. Therefore, expect to see same-sex surviving
spouses seeking death benefits in the not too distant future.