same-sex marriage

Amid celebrations about the Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage, some within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are also raising concerns about what may lie ahead for them.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

County clerks in Texas who have religious objections to same-sex marriage can opt out of issuing such licenses — but they should be prepared to face fines or legal challenges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written opinion on Sunday. 

The Supreme Court decision Friday that upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry was one for the history books. Obergefell v. Hodges was exalted by gay rights groups and their supporters, and condemned by those who believe that marriage should be reserved for one man and one woman.

Opponents of same-sex marriage say that the fight is far from over.

Joey Palacios

More than two dozen couples lined up to say “I do” at the Bexar County Clerk’s Office Friday, as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans across the country.  

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling, the Clerk’s Office sprung into action. Deputy Clerk Thomas Koening left his office to get an opinion from District Attorney Nice LaHood. “We’re going to see what happens legally once it’s interpreted by the DA; then we’ll have an answer for you,” Koening said, as he rushed into an elevator.

Ryan E. Poppe

To many historians, LBJ was a civil rights giant, enacting laws in the 1960’s that included the Equal Rights Clause of the 14th amendment and today’s Supreme Court decided on a narrow 5 to 4 ruling that should’ve included same-sex couples.

In 2013, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman and Marc Phariss and Vic Holmes filed a constitutional lawsuit against the state’s ban on gay marriage because it excluded them of certain freedoms.

And Holmes says their decision to marry is no longer a trivial or intangible journey.

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