Angelina Co. lesbian couple denied marriage license due to technicality

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After Friday's Supreme Court decision, many courthouses received an influx of gay and lesbian couples applying for a marriage license.

However, in East Texas, some couples were turned away.

Officials told the same-sex applicants that the state is "not ready" to begin issuing licenses because the state form still has fields for man and woman that cannot be changed. The couple that showed up Friday has been together since 2006, and almost 10 years later, they were so close to making their union completely official.

Though they weren't able to get the license today, they say they don't plan on giving up.

"I was a little bit aggravated, especially since there were many other counties in Texas which are issuing marriage certificates without the proper form," said Barbara Richert. "I think it will happen, it just takes a while sometimes for people to change their minds and adjust. It's a big change."

Angelina County officials say they are waiting for an updated form from the bureau of vital statistics.

The Texas Attorney General's Office instructed county clerks and justices of the peace Thursday to wait for direction from their office, if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.

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