Texas Supreme Court issues provisionary ban after state’s first legal marriage of a same-sex couple

Senior News Reporter

A lesbian couple got married in Austin Feb. 19 after a Travis County clerk issued a license for the state’s first legal same-sex wedding.

Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed to the Texas Supreme Court shortly afterward declaring the marriage license issued by the clerk “void.”

The court later responded and issued a stay preventing other same-sex couples from obtaining marriage licenses. The court’s stay does not affect the Austin union although same-sex marriage was voted unconstitutional in 2005.

Austin couple Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend filed for a marriage license with Travis County two days after an unrelated estate case in which a local probate judge ruled Texas’ same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Travis County issued the license exclusively for the Austin couple on the premise of Goodfriend’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

State District Judge David Wahlberg, who sided with the couple and condemned the argument of same-sex’s unconstitutionality, declined to comment.

Paxton said in an official statement the same-sex marriage license issued by the Travis County clerk is void and he will continue to defend the “will of the people of Texas.”

Paxton said the people of Texas have defined marriage as a legal union between “one man and one woman.” The definition nullifies any efforts of “judicial activism or overreach.”