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Republican leaders in Texas argue that just because the state has to recognize same-sex marriage, government entities don't have to provide identical benefits to same-sex couples. (Photo: iStock)

Republican leaders in Texas are not forfeiting the debate over gay marriage that many other national GOP leaders accepted was over when the Supreme Court established same-sex nuptials as a right in a landmark decision last year.

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Attorney General Ken Paxton are asking the Texas Supreme Court to reconsider its previous dismissal of a lawsuit by the state which sought to prevent Houston city employees from getting same-sex spousal benefits.

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