Lubbock County Clerk’s Office Not Yet Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
No marriage licenses will be issued to same-sex couples on the South Plains today.
Following the Supreme Court's decision to make gay marriage legal across the U.S., KFYO placed a call to the Lubbock County Clerk's Office to ask if they were providing marriage licenses to gay couples in the area yet.
According to the office, they are "waiting for the go-ahead from the Texas Department of Health in Austin."
Ostensibly, the office is awaiting direction from the Attorney General on how to proceed to provide same-sex marriage license forms.
In an interview with KFYO's Allen Corbin, Lubbock County Clerk Kelly Pinion clarified the situation the office is in and provided a time frame for when same-sex couples could be able to receive a marriage license.
"My understanding is that parties to the Supreme Court ruling have three weeks to request a reconsideration or rehearing. I'm waiting on direction from our legal counsel here at the county...to work out a direction for me and give some clarity," said Pinion.
Pinion added that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the County Clerks wait for direction so "we're all on the same page."
A main issue currently is that there are no same-sex fields on the present marriage license forms, said Pinion.
"We would need for the state to give us a new form, because the couple, each one, they have to raise their hand and swear under oath that everything they have put on the application is true and correct," she explained. "We cannot alter the form, that would be illegal, and then they would be giving a false oath."
Linda Haney, the Ector County Clerk in Midland, said that she wasn't sure if they could mark through the male/female fields in fear that it may null the document.
KFYO also contacted offices in Amarillo, Midland and Plainview. Those offices also said they're awaiting approval to issue same-sex marriage licenses and have no approximate date as of the publication of this article.