Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday that U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Wichita Falls declined to dissolve his own injunction, issued March 26.
O'Connor's order has temporarily stopped expansion of the definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples. The change had been set to take effect March 27.
Paxton argues that complying with the expanded definition would force state agencies to either violate federal rules or a 2005 gay-marriage ban in the Texas Constitution.
Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska have joined Texas' lawsuit.
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