As many know, the Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on marriage equality. Currently, the conservative state of Texas does not recognize or permit same-sex marriage, but this may not be the case in Dallas County for much longer.
In a recent interview with The Dallas Morning News, Dallas County Clerk John Warren was quoted saying that, if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, “within an hour and a half of the opinion, we’ll start issuing licenses.” He even suggested that the clerk’s offices be open two hours longer for the first month so they may process an additional 400 marriage licenses per day.
Warren is not alone; the clerks for both Bexar and Travis County also say they will be ready to immediately issue marriage licenses without waiting for revised application forms or approval from state attorneys.
In typical Bible Belt fashion, there has been pre-emptive opposition against a favorable decision towards gay marriage, including a recently dead bill aimed at barring local officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses as a result of the Supreme Court ruling. Yet, despite “prayerful” remarks from conservatives and “family value” associations, it’s nice to see local officials like Warren defending the rights of all the tax-paying citizens of Texas.