Texas town holding out on issuing marriage certificates for same-sex couples

Granbury Texas county courthouse (Hood County, Texas) CNN Photo)

GRANBURY, Tex. – It has been less than a week since the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality a reality in all 50 states.

But you wouldn’t know it though in at least one county in Texas where one county clerk says she won’t issue licenses to same-sex couples.

The county may be the epicenter in the fight over same sex marriage.

Granbury, Texas is a small town roughly 65 miles southwest of Dallas and boasts the first town square in Texas. The town may turn out to be the last to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Granbury resident Stephanie Smith says “It is one man and one woman. That is how marriage should be.”

Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton have been together for 27 years and were prepared to get married on Monday. It was their first opportunity after the Supreme Court declared gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.
They want their license to read “Hood County” where they live and pay taxes. But, so far the county’s clerk Katie Lang is holding up the process.

“We wanted to be the first people in Hood County to be married,” they said. “We thought we’d be married by Monday. But, it is not going to happen.”

Lang initially said she would not issue the licenses because of her own religious objection. But then later in the week said she would allow other members in her office to do so.

But couples like jim and joe have been told the proper paperwork has not arrived.

In similar small counties, like in San Saba, Texas, the logistical issues have been worked out and gay couples like Jonathan Means & Jason White successfully obtained a license while Jim and Joe continue to wait.

Lang’s reluctance has sparked a bitter battle from both sides in this normally quiet town.

One side defending Lang’s right to object, and the other demanding she abide by the Supreme Court’s order or quit.

And as many Americans come together to celebrate the country’s independence, a Texas-sized battle remains over an issue the highest court thought they settled.

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