Texas: Denton County Clerk Refuses To Let Gay Couples Marry
Same-sex couples hoping to join the rest of the country by legally tying the knot in Denton County, Texas are having to put up with an anti-gay bullshit roadblock.
Juli Luke, the Denton County Clerk, is refusing to obey the striking down of bans on marriage equality and is refusing to marry same-sex couples in her jurisdiction. A note on the door to the Clerk's office posted Friday morning (after the SCOTUS decision was announced) read: "Due to changes that must be made through our vendor; this office is not issuing same-sex marriage licenses today (6/26/15). We are sorry for the inconvenience."
The vendor excuse turned out to be bullshit as Luke's office recently issued a statement. Luke writes:
"I took an oath to uphold the laws of Texas and the United States. It appears this decision now places our great state in a position where our state law contradicts federal law. Based on this new conflict, I will be deferring to my legal counsel, District Attorney Paul Johnson, for guidance."
There is no contradiction. The Supreme Court invalidated Texas's ban on equal access for same-sex couples so there is no more "state law." The clerk in Dallas obviously had no problem navigating Texas's dismantled ban and the new legal landscape, and got started by marrying a couple that has been together for 54 years. Luke's decision to stand in the way of love and the Constitution should not be forgotten by voters.