Texas Attorney General Says County Clerks Can Refuse Gay Couples

A man waves a rainbow flag while observing a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015. (photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters)

ounty clerks in Texas who object to gay marriage can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring states to allow same-sex marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Sunday.

The nation’s top court said on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to wed, handing a victory to the American gay rights movement.

Paxton said in a statement that hundreds of public officials in Texas were seeking guidance on how to implement what he called a lawless and flawed decision by an “activist” court

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