Friday, June 26, 2015

Supreme Court: Same-Sex Couples Can Get Married In All 50 States

Posted By , and on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 9:07 AM

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Go get married!

The Supreme Court just ruled that Texas' ban on same-sex couples getting married is unconstitutional.

It's completely legal for anyone to get married in any state now.

We'll be updating this post.

Update from courthouse: June 26, 11:49 a.m.

Truho and Stern are getting married!


Update from courthouse: June 26, 11:32 a.m.

The clerk's office is cycling through couples now. Every time they call a new number, everyone in the lobby is cheering like someone got called down on the "Price is Right."

Here's the first couple, Truho and Stern applying for their license.

Here's Saunders and Nunez applying.
Update from courthouse: June 26, 11:21 a.m.:

The Bexar County Clerk's Office is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 

Update from courthouse: June 26, 11:16 a.m.:

Reporter Michael Marks says nothing is official yet, but the clerk's office is trying to arrange a district judge to be available during lunch to waive the 72-hour wait period for people to get married.

Update from courthouse: June 26, 11:10 a.m.:

There are 18 same-sex couples waiting on licenses now.

Update from courthouse: June 26, 11 a.m.:

Reporter Michael Marks just bumped into DA LaHood, who tells him he should be ready to make a determination by the end of the morning.

"The Supreme Court has spoken. We are going through the ruling now," LaHood told Marks, before getting on an elevator to head up to the clerk's office.

Update from courthouse: June 26, 10:53 a.m.:

Reporter Michael Marks says he's told the clerk's office will stay open until 6 p.m. tonight.

The phones are ringing off the hook. 

"We're waiting for a determination from the DA and the County Clerk. We are handing out numbers, but have not started distributing licenses," is what callers are being told, Marks says.

Once the go ahead is given, there are six stations for licenses and the process takes about 20 minutes.

Update from courthouse: June 26, 10:41 a.m.:

Nickie Valdez and Deb Myers are at the courthouse for a marriage license.

Valdez, a self-described political activist, calls the moment euphoric.

The couple has been together for 30 years. Last year, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of a commitment ceremony. They are wearing the necklaces they gave each other as a symbol of their love.

While both practicing Catholics are disappointed the Church won't recognize their marriage, they are elated that Texas and the United States will.


Update from courthouse: June 26, 10:33 a.m.:

Couples keep showing up at the courthouse. There are about a dozen or so there now.

Kristen Saunders tells us she couldn't have asked for a more perfect day.

"I feel blessed. It's an overwhelming feeling to say after all these years, it's done," Saunders done. "When I delivered our son, we had to beg, borrow and steal to get Susan in the delivery room."

Their son is 8-years-old.

Update from courthouse: June 26, 10:12 a.m.

Kristin Saunders and Susan Nunez are the third couple to apply for a marriage license. They wasted no time.

Saunders said they rushed down to get it done before Texas starts meddling.

Nunez is a school administrator and Saunders just retired after working as a school administrator.

They met 19 years ago after both Texans moved to San Antonio.


The second couple to apply for a license are Donna and Jordan Reed.

"I can't express myself right now, I'm sorry," Donna said.

Jordan said she is cautiously optimistic.


Update from courthouse: June 26, 9:42 a.m.:

Bexar County Clerk Gerard C. "Gerry" Rickhoff is just waiting on District Attorney Nicholas "Nico" LaHood to decide if he can issue the licenses. 

Our reporter on the ground, Michael Marks, is hearing that LaHood's decision could be in a couple of hours, but no one is positive yet. Rickhoff is pushing for a decision today.

They are not going to confer with the state, Marks is told.

Update from courthouse: June 26, 9:25 a.m.:

John Truho and Larry Stern are the first couple to apply for a marriage license in Bexar County.

Both are San Antonio residents who have been together for 17 years. They got married a year ago in San Francisco, but wanted to tie the know in their hometown.

They told San Antonio Current reporter Michael Marks that the notion to be the first was a whim, kind of like the decision to get married as well.

"They looked at one another and said, 'Hey, you wanna do it?' and the other said, 'sure,' so they decided to be the first one," Marks said.


Stern told Marks that they shared a laugh about that and are real romantic in a sarcastic sort of way.

There is a buzz in the courthouse, Marks reports, saying that a clerk teared up while taking Truho and Stern's application.

Bexar County Clerk Gerard C. "Gerry" Rickhoff is conferring with the District Attorney right now, Marks reports.

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