GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Williamson County is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as of 8 a.m. Monday. That comes after getting advice from County Attorney Dee Hobbs.
“I would like to acknowledge the gravity of the Supreme Court decision and the passion citizens have on both sides of this issue,” reads a statement by Hobbs, posted outside the Williamson County Clerk’s Office. “I would like to thank those that contacted this office for being respectful in their questions and also understanding regarding time to review.”
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, which will now legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states, regardless if a state enacted a ban. And while Travis County issued more than 300 marriage licenses to same-sex couples that same day, other counties like Williamson held off. Williamson County initially said it would need to change application forms and that the vendor needed to make software changes to comply before they could issue licenses.
Meanwhile, this decision comes just after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton suggested local officials could skirt Friday’s supreme court ruling on the basis of religious grounds. While officials are allowed to choose not to issue same-sex marriage licenses, they could face litigation and/or a fine for doing so.