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Angelina Co. JPs respond to SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling

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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

The duty of a justice of The peace is to uphold the peace by defending state and federal law in a lower court.

"I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of justice of the peace of the state of Texas and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of the state,” recited Judge Edith Barger, Angelina County's Justice of the Peace Precinct 4.

As of Friday, for the first time ever, Justices of Peace will be approached to perform same-sex marriages, but will they perform them?

"I have never denied the right to get married,” Barger said. “If it has been passed by the state of Texas, I do not have a problem with it."

Other JPs in the county were unavailable to comment on camera, but told us they agree with Barger, if the ruling is upheld in the state of Texas, they will perform the same sex marriages.

Barger said she believes these wedding ceremonies won't be any different than others she has performed in the past.

"I don't think there will be anything different, and I don't intend to treat it any differently than two people wanting to become joined in a union,” she said.

According to Barger, there might be some JPs that will refuse to marry same-sex couples based on their personal beliefs, but she will always uphold the oath she took to defend and protect federal and state law.

"That's what I've done for the last 15 years, and that's what I intend on doing now,” Barger said.

As of now, the State has not made any moves to block the Supreme Court ruling. However, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott both released statements disagreeing with the ruling.

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