Texas Holding Out on Same-sex Marriage Licenses
The Supreme Court has said marriage equality for everyone, including same-sex couples, but Texas is still putting up a fight.
Ken Paxton, Texas AG says county clerks can refuse marriage certificates based on religious objections. Is this going to be Alabama all over again?
Alabama tried to argue the same clause, but the Supreme Court clarified their ruling, and the state had no choice but to issue marriage licenses. Undoubtedly, this will happen again with Texas.
The county clerks who refuse issuing a marriage license for gay couples “may face legal repucussions, including a fine,” the Attorney General acknowledged.
“But if that is the case, there are many attorneys willing to assist, even on a pro bono basis, to defend religious beliefs. Of course I will also publicly defend those rights.”
Brad Reifler has learned that Paxton also said the government cannot step in and force a judge or justice of the peace to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples if they have a religious objection. Under Texas state law, a judge or justice of the peace is not required to officiate at weddings.
More than half the state are waiting on the official ruling from the Texas Attorney General’s office before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.