HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY VINCE RYAN ISSUES LEGAL OPINION ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGES TO JUDGES AND JUSTICES OF THE PEACE

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan today issued a legal opinion stating that if a judge or justice of the peace performs marriages, he or she must also perform them for same-sex couples.

 “It’s all or nothing,” Ryan said. “Judges and JPs are not required to perform marriages. However, if they perform marriages for anyone, they cannot legally discriminate against same-sex couples by refusing to perform only those marriages. Everyone must be treated the same under the law.”

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