Texas Democratic Party via Facebook Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant exchange vows outside the Travis County Clerk's Office
Update 4:15 p.m.: Attorney General Ken Paxton isn't too happy Texas saw its first legal gay marriage this morning. Upon receiving the news that Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant obtained a marriage license and exchanged vows at the Travis County Clerk's Office, Paxton got the state Supreme Court to block any more same-sex marriages from happening in Travis County, at least for the time being. Paxton has even asked the court to void Goodfriend and Bryant's marriage (apparently one Texas gay marriage is one too many for Ken Paxton).
Paxton said in a statement: "The law of Texas has not changed, and will not change due to the whims of any individual judge or county clerk operating on their own capacity anywhere in Texas. Activist judges don't change Texas law and we will continue to aggressively defend the laws of our state and will ensure that any licenses issued contrary to law are invalid."
The Texas Tribune reports that Travis County issued this morning's marriage license under "special circumstances," saying one of the women has "severe and immediate health concerns."
"I want to finally be able to marry the love of my life," Goodfriend said in a statement issued Thursday. "In May, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was rushed into emergency surgery. Having faced a life-threatening disease I realized time is precious and that I wanted to spend it on the things that mattered most -- my family."
Chuck Herring, the attorney for the newly married couple, told the Chron the stay "doesn't impact my clients." Herring further said Paxton would have to sue the couple to nullify the marriage license if he truly wants to kill Texas' first gay marriage.
Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant just became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Texas.
Goodfriend and Bryant, who have been together for nearly 31 years, married Thursday morning after a judge ordered the Travis County Clerk's Office to issue the couple a marriage license, reports Chuck Lindell with the Austin American-Statesman. Photos posted to Facebook show the couple exchanging vows in front of the clerk's office sign, flanked by supporters and their two daughters.More »