On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor published a new rule that was planned to take effect on March 27, 2015, amending the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The rule change would allow legally married same-sex couples to qualify for family medical leave regardless of where they live and was intended to ensure that the FMLA provide all legally married couples, whether oppositesex, same-sex, or married under common law, the same ability to fully exercise rights under the FMLA. In response, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with Attorneys General from Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska, filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas seeking to block implementation of the new rule which amended the definition of “spouse.” On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the court granted an injunction to stop implementation of the rule change based upon Paxton’s claim that the new federal requirement would force Texas to violate state law when determining FMLA benefits. In its decision, the court indicated that the original meaning of “spouse” in the law was intended to maintain a “traditional” definition of marriage and that, “Congress further intended to preserve a state’s ability to define marriage in this way without being obligated under the laws of another jurisdiction which may define it differently.” The Texas court’s ruling is sure to be challenged and will be reported in future editions of Roetzel’s School Smartboard.