same-sex marriage

Two Austin women became the first gay couple to legally marry in the state of Texas on Thursday.

KXAN-TV reports that this all started when a Travis County judge, who had earlier in the week ruled the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, ordered an Austin clerk to issue a marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant.

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Texas’ first same-sex marriage is official. Watched by their two young daughters and a group of friends, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who have been together more than three decades, were married Thursday morning by Rabbi Kerry Baker in front of the Travis County Clerk’s Office in Austin.

The office received a court order from District Judge David Wahlberg just after 9 a.m. Thursday. The judge ordered them to issue a marriage license to one couple in Travis County.

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The Texas Attorney General is digging in for a fight against a Travis County judge’s order, which calls the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The future of same-sex marriage in the state is now in the hands of the Texas Supreme Court.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman called Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Tuesday. The ruling was part of an estate dispute being fought between an Austin woman and the family of her deceased partner.

Gay rights advocates have asked a federal court to order probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Meanwhile, some couples staged a sit-in, of sorts, outside the Mobile County courthouse.

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Alabama has become the 37th state to recognize same-sex marriage, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request that would have extended the state's ban Monday. But the state's chief justice says probate courts don't have to follow federal rulings on the issue.

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET: Supreme Court Rejects State's Request

Expressing regret at the Supreme Court's decision, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says it will probably bring more confusion and will keep him "from enforcing Alabama's laws against same-sex marriage."

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