DENTON COUNTY — Now that the Supremes have ruled on gay marriage, thousands of same-sex couples have tied the knot. Not surprisingly, not everybody is happy about it.
“I’ve introduced legislation that would strip the federal courts from jurisdiction from assaults on marriage; I would encourage other Republicans to support that legislation,” said Sen. Ted Cruz
Along with other Republican presidential candidates, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is telling county clerks they can refuse to give out marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have religious objections. Clerks who choose not to issue licenses may face lawsuits, but the A.G. says there’s an army of attorneys in the Lone Star state at the ready, willing to defend them for free. Meanwhile in Denton County, where same-sex couples were turned away Friday, Monday was a different story.
“We wanted it to be a joyous day, so we really didn’t want to come up and be denied so we waited until today,” Sara Bollingersaid. She and Whitney Hennen were the first couple to get their license in Denton County.
“We weren’t sure how many people were going to be here and we just wanted to get here and get in line and we were the first ones,” Hennen said.
Outside the Denton County Courts building, one supporter got ordained and was offering to help folks who were ready for the ‘I do’s.’
“I decided to come out and offer my services to anyone who got their license and got a three-day waiting period waiver, and if they want to get married or need to get married right away, I would be happy to do that for free,” said J.J Carter.
For now, the war of words on same-sex marriages continues.
“People need to not fear having conversations and talking about differences and maybe agree to disagree, but being kind to one another and being generous. Not putting each other down but holding each other up,” said Bollinger.