As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue what is expected to be a ruling allowing same sex marriage to be legal nationwide, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning Texas County Clerks not to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples until he has had the opportunity to ‘provide direction and clarity,’ on the issue, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
“I remain prayerful that the Court will heed millennia of family tradition, Judeo-Christian instruction and common sense, and will respect the role of the states,” Paxton said. “But whatever the ruling, I would recommend that all County Clerks and Justices of the Peace wait for direction from this office about the meaning of the Court’s opinion and the right of Texans under the law.”
Neel Lane, who is the lawyer for the two same sex couples who have been fighting for the right to marry in Texas, says the only ‘direction’ that Paxton needs to give to County Clerks is to tell them to obey the law.
“Attorneys General aren’t supposed to be in the business of praying, but in the business of interpreting the law, and in this case, the Supreme Court is going to be quite clear when it rules. Clerks should not delay any further.”