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East Texas same-sex couple hopes Travis Co. marriage is upheld

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The debate over Texas marriage equality is at an all-time high after a judge order the Travis County Clerk to allow for two women to get married, despite a state ban on same-sex marriage.

“One day there are going be a lot more Texans that have these,” Sarah Goodfriend said. “It's going to happen."

The marriage between Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant is believed to be the first of its kind in the state of Texas.

In Nacogdoches, Lisa and Pepper May saw the news online and were immediately filled with joy.

"I was doing the Texas Wedding Dance,” Lisa said. “I thought it was awesome.”

Pepper May said it was a day that was overdue.

“It's a shame it had to come to this,” Pepper said.

Lisa married Pepper in 2013 in Iowa after the state of Texas would not allow the two to get a license.

"It's hurtful,” Pepper said. “You know, it hurts your feelings that they want to condemn us because we love somebody."

East Texas clerks said they are monitoring the situation and will act as they are asked.

"How we feel about it here has absolutely nothing to with whether or not we issue the license because I swore an oath to follow the law and that's what I have to do,” said Nacogdoches County Clerk June Clifton.

“We do not issue them here,” said Angelina County Clerk Amy Fincher. “From my understanding, this was a one-time deal. If that were to happen here, I would consult with the county attorney and the attorney general's office.”

Both Clifton and Fincher said they have received a few phone calls on the matter but have not had a lot of people coming forward yet.

"There will definitely be people who are against it, and then there will be some that think it is the greatest thing in the world,” Clifton said.

On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the Texas Supreme Court to void the license.

“The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law,” Paxton said. “The same-sex marriage license issued yesterday is not valid because it conflicts with the Texas Constitution and state law.”

Lisa said she hopes the court rules in favor of the couple, so others can experience marriage like she has.

"There are a few people here in Nacogdoches County that are in same-sex relationships that would like to move their relationship up to a marriage,” Lisa said.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear same-sex cases out of Texas this April and rule on them by the summer.

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