No same sex marriage licenses from Brunson’s office, at least for now

Despite the Supreme Court decision on Friday, there won’t be any same-sex marriage licenses issued in Parker County, at least for now.

By lunchtime Friday the Parker County Clerk’s Office had turned away approximately five same-sex couples who contacted the office about obtaining a marriage license.

Citing state law, County Clerk Jeane Brunson said she is not legally allowed to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple at this time.

When interviewd by the Weatherford Democrat, Brunson cited the state Family Code, which states the marriages of persons of the same sex are illegal.

The Family Code also requires the county clerk to use applications prescribed by the Bureau of Vital Statistics, according to Brunson, who said the Bureau of Vital Statistics has not prescribed a new form for same-sex couples. She said to alter the old form would be in violaton of the law.

Brunson said she is waiting on a legal opinion from the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

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