At a press conference, Stanart had said he would begin to issue same sex marriage licenses at 3 p. And we've waited," Stanart said. I don't think we can wait any longer. The decision came after discussions with County Attorney Vince Ryan over the legality of delaying licenses.
Ryan had announced he would seek a court order compelling the county clerk to issue licenses to same-sex couples, hours after clerks in Dallas, Bexar and Travis counties started issuing the prized permits. Stanart had said he would await guidance from the attorney general's office, which had asked county clerks across the state to hold off on issuing licenses until it could offer direction.
Ryan jumped into the fray around noon, sending a memo to Stanart that said, "Our opinion is that the law requires that you immediately begin to issue marriage licenses to all qualified applicants without regard to gender. Stanart's office said it intended to issue the licenses, but said it was waiting for a form from the state attorney general with slots that did not indicate gender. Stanart, however, said he will begin issuing the licenses at 3 p.
If the AG's office supplies the modified form before then, he would issue licenses immediately. Several Harris County judges showed up at the clerk's office, offering to waive the hour waiting period to perform a wedding ceremony and say they are willing to marry same-sex couples today.
Steve Lloyd, 42, arrived at p. The couple, both Texas natives, have been together for 15 years. They went inside to ask for a license with a crowd of videographers trailing them. Key said they could leave their phone number and she would call when she got the form.
Lloyd said, "We are waiting to get married in the county where I was born and have lived most of my life. Maria Hernandez, 35, came with her partner Minerva "hopefully soon it will be Hernandez" Herrera, Hernandez said, "This should be a joyous day for us. Unfortunately due to the lack of action taken by our Republican district clerk that can't happen.
Officials in Dallas, Travis and Bexar counties moved more quickly than their counterparts in Houston. Travis County had issued 54 licenses by noon, while Dallas County had issued 68 by midafternoon. At least eight couples were waiting as the clerk's office consulted with the District Attorney prior to issuing the licenses before noon Friday.
Applause could be heard in the courthouse as the announcement was made. Wearing matching red shirts in support of marriage equality, they sat in a row of chairs waiting for word from the clerk's office.
They've been a couple for 17 years and last year married in San Francisco. Travis County clerk Dana DeBeauvoir began issuing same-sex marriage licenses at a.
This affidavit can then be returned to the county clerk without the person being present, to obtain the license. The hour waiting period is waived automatically for all military couples. Bexar County Military absentee form. Present proof of age and identity.
Applicants may also be asked to provide social security numbers. Complete the application and sign it in front of the county clerk. If this is not possible, any adult or the other applicant may apply on behalf of the absent applicant.
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Contact the local county clerk for additional requirements. Pay the license fee and head to the altar. There must be at least 72 hours between the date and time of issuance of a license and the time the ceremony occurs, unless one applicant is on active duty in the armed forces or a waiver is granted.
A marriage license is valid for 90 days. Requirements may vary, as each county in Texas could have their own requirements.
In Texas, you will need one valid form of identification such as drivers license, a certified copy of your birth certificate, U. Neither one of you have to be a resident of Texas. Texas is a great locale for a destination wedding! If divorced within thirty days, Texas requires that you show a certified copy of your divorce decree , stating the 30 day waiting period is waived.