The Texas Supreme Court has just ordered all county clerks and judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
The emergency action comes following today’s wedding of two women in Austin. The same sex couple convinced a judge to order the Travis County Clerk to issue them a marriage license, after a probate judge in the county earlier this week ruled that the state’s current Constitutional Amendment that makes marriage only between one man and one woman was illegal. “The Texas Supreme Court has granted a stay of two trial court rulings that Texas’ constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages violates constitutional protections to equal protection and due process of law,” The Texas Attorney General’s office said this afternoon. “Motions to stay orders by two Travis County judges, one in a probate case and the other a temporary-restraining order granting a same-sex couple a marriage license, were sought by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.”