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Same-sex marriage licenses now being issued in Austin

Same-sex marriage licenses now being issued in Austin

KVUE — In the wake of a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, the Travis County Clerk's Office is now issuing same-sex marriage licenses. 

The Travis County Clerk's Office said the first same-sex marriage licenses were issued at 10:30 am Friday.

"Because of the ruling, the Travis County Clerk's office will begin to issue marriage licenses to same gender couples at 10:30 am on June 26," Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said in a statement. "This is a joyous day, I am delighted for all couples who wish to be legally married in Texas."

The decision by the Travis County Clerk's Office comes despite Attorney General Ken Paxton urging all clerks to wait on direction from his office. He said the prudent thing to do would be to take a look at the judgment and interpret it within the constructs of Texas law.

Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin will hold a marriage ceremony at 6 pm, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The Travis County Clerk's office has also agreed to open to issue licenses on July 4-5 for Texas Marriage Freedom Weekend.

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Visit KVUE for more details on guidelines for applying for a new marriage license. 

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