Same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in Parker, Palo Pinto, Wise… not in Hood

Marriage licenses for same sex couples will be issued in Parker, Palo Pinto and Wise counties, but not in Hood County, according to those county clerks.

Parker County Clerk Jeane Brunson said her office has been waiting for the corrected application for a marriage license form to be issued by The Texas Department of State Health Services as is required by law. It was sent on Friday evening, but had errors to be corrected. Yesterday, the state sent out the final updated gender neutral application for marriage form. She said licenses for same-sex couples could be issued as early as today.

Palo Pinto County Clerk Janette Green issued a similar statement yesterday regarding those gender neutral applications, and Wise County Clerk Sherry Lemon has indicated the same.

However, Hood County Clerk Katie Lang said she will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it conflicts with her religious beliefs. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has released an opinion on the issue, saying …"county clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses."

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