Same-Sex Couples Marrying or Soon to Marry in 80% of Texas Counties

7/1/2015

149 counties already offering licenses; 46 to start soon

Texas – Nearly 80% of Texas Counties are either already making marriage licenses available to same-sex couples or are planning to make licenses available shortly after technical changes to software and physical marriage certificates as of Tuesday, June 30th, according to Texas for Marriage.

Texas for Marriage staff called counties across Texas on Tuesday, June 30th to determine whether clerks were offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 149 counties out of 254 -- nearly 60% -- indicated over the phone that they were already making marriage licenses available to same-sex couples. Those counties are listed below.

"Nearly sixty percent of Texas clerks are following the law by making marriage licenses available," said Nick Hudson. "We are encouraged by the swift implementation of the Supreme Court's ruling by most counties, but we won't stop pushing until every clerk in Texas complies with the law and makes licenses available to loving and committed gay and lesbian couples."

In addition to the 149 counties offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Tuesday, 46 counties indicated that they plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after making updates to software and physical marriage certificates. Most said they expected changes to be made this week.

"All county clerks should make licenses available to couples who come in, because that is what the law requires," said Nick Hudson.

At least one county clerk -- Kim Wells in San Saba County -- had indicated on Monday that she would not be making marriage licenses available to same-sex couples because of personal religious beliefs. On Tuesday, Wells reversed course by joining the majority of Texas counties making licenses available to same-sex couples.

"Religious liberty is a fundamental right protected by the First Amendment," said Nick Hudson. "But that doesn't mean that government officials can use their personal religious beliefs to avoid following the law regarding marriage."

Counties Issuing Licenses on June 30, 2015:

Andrews, Angelina, Aransas, Archer, Armstrong, Atascosa, Bandera, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brewster, Briscoe, Brown, Burnet, Caldwell, Callahan, Cameron, Camp, Carson, Chambers, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Collin, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Coryell, Crosby, Culberson, Dallas, Deaf Smith, Denton, Dewitt, Dickens, Duval, Edwards, Ellis, Falls, Fisher, Foard, Fort Bend, Franklin, Frio, Galveston, Glasscock, Grayson, Gonzales, Gregg, Guadalupe, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Harris, Haskell, Hays, Hemphill, Hidalgo, Hood, Hopkins, Houston, Hudspeth, Hunt, Jack, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Johnson, Jones, Karnes, Kaufman, Kendall, Kinney, Kleberg, LaSalle, Lamar, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Limestone, Lynn, Madison, Mason, Matagorda, Maverick, Mcculloch, Mclennan, Mcmullen, Menard, Milam, Midland, Mitchell, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nolan, Nueces, Oldham, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parmer, Pecos, Polk, Presidio, Rains, Reagan, Red River, Robertson, Rockwall, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Shelby, Smith, Tarrant, Taylor, Titus, Tom Green, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Waller, Webb, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Willacy, Williamson, Wise, Wood, Yoakum, Young, Zapata

Counties Planning to Issue Licenses Soon:

Austin, Bailey, Bowie, Burleson, Calhoun, Cherokee, Crane, Crockett, Dallam, Ector, Fannin, Floyd, Freestone, Gillespie, Goliad, Harrison, Henderson, Hutchinson, Jasper, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kent, Lamb, Leon, Llano, Lubbock, Marion, Martin, Medina, Parker, Potter, Randall, Reeves, Refugio, Runnels, Rusk, Sabine, San Patricio, Sherman, Somervell, Stonewall, Sutton, Swisher, Throckmorton, Ward, Wharton

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Texas for Marriage is a broad, diverse public education campaign to amplify the bipartisan momentum for the freedom to marry in the state of Texas. The campaign, led by Freedom to Marry in partnership with Equality Texas, works to broaden the conversation about why marriage matters to all couples and their families.