Thursday, February 19, 2015

Texas issues first [and last (for a while?)] same-sex marriage license

Texas's ban on gay marriage is still in effect, despite a state judge's ruling earlier that this week that parts of the ban is unconstitutional. County clerks in Texas still would not issue same-sex marriage licenses, though, because the ruling apparently did not include an order to do so. However, on Wednesday, 2/18 another state judge ordered the Travis County Clerk to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple for "immediate health concerns." One of the women has ovarian cancer--her health is in serious danger. The couple petitioned for emergency relief, claiming their inability to marry was causing irreparable harm. On Thursday, 2/19 they were granted a marriage license. The state, however, has no plans to issue anymore same-sex marriage licenses.

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