EL PASO COUNTY CLERK COMPLIES WITH SUPREME COURT RULING BY ISSUING MARRIAGE LICENSES TO SAME-SEX COUPLES
After this morning’s Supreme Court decision to recognize the legality of marriages between people of the same sex, the El Paso County Clerk’s office immediately proceeded to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
El Paso County Clerk Delia Briones explained that for weeks her office had been working with the El Paso County’s IT Department and the County Attorney’s Office to prepare to comply with any Supreme Court ruling regarding the same-sex marriage.
“After an early morning meeting with the El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal, we reached to the conclusion that same-sex marriage was the new law of the land, and there was no need to further wait for clarification on how to proceed,” Briones said.
“When the first same-sex couple came into my office to request a marriage license at 11:48 a.m., our clerks were ready to process the paperwork and issue the marriage license as required by law. Up until 3:00 p.m. our office had processed 8 requests for marriage licenses from same-sex couples,” Brionesadded.
“I had obtained authorization from Commissioners Court to pay overtime to employees if it was necessary to extend services hours today until 7:00 p.m. due to any last minute rush of applications. So far, we have had just a slight increase in workload, but it is too early to tell if we are going to remain open late tonight,” Briones concluded.
To apply for a marriage license applicants have to provide a proof of identity, comply with the age requirements, and pay an $82 fee. Once the marriage license is issued, the couple has to wait 72 hours before getting married, or request a waiver from a District Court judge. For more detailed information about the process to obtain a marriage license, please consult the El Paso County website at http://www.epcounty.com.
Individuals with particular questions can always call the County Clerk’s Vital Records department at (915) 546-2071.