SAN SABA, Texas (KXAN) — On Monday, the county clerk for San Saba County told KXAN News they weren’t going to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but on Tuesday when a gay couple showed up for their paperwork, everything was ready.
Jonathan Means and his partner Jason White became the first same-sex couple to receive a license in San Saba County. The couple said they wanted to get their license in San Saba County because Means grew up there.
“We never thought this day would come,” says White. “We’re excited that we could be a part of it and we’re excited to see that civil liberties coming to all Americans across the country and I don’t think we could ask for much more.”
White is a Marine veteran and was deployed several times overseas. He now owns The Brass House, a restaurant and bar in downtown Austin. He said he and Means have been together for 2 years and plan on getting married in Means home town of San Saba.
“The Folks of San Saba and the county, they’re good people, they genuinely want to be good people. I just think it’s different and new and we didn’t really know what to expect at all,” said White in response to the county’s original statement on Monday to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“You have a small county like ours that’s trying to deal with the procedural changes that go along with that change that were not anticipated,” said Randall Robinson, the San Saba County Attorney, in regards to why there was a delay.
He said there was some confusion initially because the county didn’t have the correct forms, but got the right ones from the Attorney General’s website on Tuesday
“I don’t think it (issuing marriage licenses) had anything to do with a willingness or lack of willingness to do something, it was ,’what do we do procedurally?” said Robinson. “We’re kind of at the tail end of the chain, if you will, in a small county. We don’t get a lot of information until it comes from the Attorney General’s Office or the Governor’s office or the Legislature.”
Robinson said they’ve only issued two marriage licenses in June, one of those being White and Means.
“We are grateful that they’re following the laws that the Supreme Court set last week and it’s exciting to see our country moving in the right direction,” said White.