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KUT: First Same Sex Couple Married in Texas

KUT in Austin reports that the first legal same sex marriage license in Texas has been issued to a couple in Travis County.

Sarah Goodfriend & Suzanne Bryant were officially married this morning, after a court order from a district judge was delivered to Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to proceed with the marriage.


DeBeuvoir spoke with the  Texas Standard about details on the order.


"It's a temporary restraining order commanding me to immediately cease and desist relying on the unconstitutional Texas prohibitions against same sex marriage.

It's a court order that says this particular couple has been cited by the court for me to issue a same sex marriage license to.

I am happily following the court order, but the court order only applies to this one couple."

DeBeuvoir tells KUT the court's order was based on the understanding that one of the couple is "medically fragile" and "may not survive the wait on what the courts are going to rule in the future as a final decision about gay marriage."

You can follow KUT and the Texas Standard's continuing coverage here and here.

Travis Bubenik is All Things Considered Host and Big Bend Reporter at Marfa Public Radio.