EDINBURG - Friday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriages between same-sex couples are constitutional.
Hidalgo County wasted no time in issuing out the first same-sex marriage license.
The Hidalgo County's Facebook Page posted “History has been made. Beatrice Cantu and Siria Jones are the first same sex couple to get marriage license in Hidalgo County.”
STATEMENTS FROM U.S., STATE OFFICIALS
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo
The Supreme Court has ruled that all Americans are entitled to marriage equality under the U.S. Constitution. Today’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges strikes down bans on same-sex marriage and concludes that there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse recognition of a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State. As of today, all Americans across our nation now have the equal right to marry whom they so choose. This ruling, however, and as Justice Kennedy stressed in his Majority Opinion, does not take away from the First Amendment rights of religious organizations and persons to teach the principles that are so central to their lives and faiths and to continue the family structure they have long revered.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott
"The Supreme Court has abandoned its role as an impartial judicial arbiter and has become an unelected nine-member legislature. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have imposed on the entire county their personal views on an issue that the Constitution and the Court’s previous decisions reserve to the people of the States.
Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage.
The Texas Constitution guarantees that ‘[n]o human authority ought, in any case whatsoever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion.’ The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion; and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, combined with the newly enacted Pastor Protection Act, provide robust legal protections to Texans whose faith commands them to adhere to the traditional understanding of marriage.
As I have done in the past, I will continue to defend the religious liberties of all Texans—including those whose conscience dictates that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Later today, I will be issuing a directive to state agencies instructing them to prioritize the protection of Texans’ religious liberties."