A clerk in Denton County, Texas, is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the Supreme Court striking down all gay-marriage bans Friday. “It appears this decision now places our great state in a position where state law contradicts federal law,” Clerk Juli Luke wrote, adding that she will seek guidance from the local district attorney. The clerk's office has stated they will not issue same-sex license today due to "changes that must be made with our vendor." They claim they are waiting on new forms that remove "bride" and "groom" terms, which could take a few days.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement vowing to defend the religious freedom of those who do not approve of such unions. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued a statement saying that same-sex marriages are not yet starting in his state. “The Supreme Court’s decision is not immediately effective in Mississippi,” he said. “It will become effective in Mississippi, and circuit clerks will be required to issues same-sex marriage licenses, when the 5th Circuit lifts the stay of Judge Reeves’ order. This could come quickly or may take several days.” Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell echoed the sentiment, saying the unions are “not yet a legal requirement” for the state. A Tennessee lawmaker introduced a bill to "protect" clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages.