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Clerk: Smith County will not issuing licenses yet; waiting on direction from state

Smith County Clerk's office hosts press conference Friday. (Source: KLTV Staff) Smith County Clerk's office hosts press conference Friday. (Source: KLTV Staff)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

The Smith County Clerk's office held a conference Friday afternoon to discuss a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationally.

Clerk Karen Phillips said the county would wait for further direction from the state before issuing any licenses to same-sex couples. The office released a statement:

“Following this morning's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, I will wait for direction from the state before I can proceed with any changes in the Smith County Clerk's Office,” Phillips said during the conference this afternoon.

“Just as these couples want to have their union legalized, the County Clerk's Office must ensure the union is legal by following the process disseminated by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics Unit,” Phillips said.

After Phillips contacted Victor Farinelli, Communications/Field Services Manager for the Vital Statistics Unit in Austin, he told her, “The Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit and the Office of General Counsel will need to review the court's ruling, in consideration with the Office of the Attorney General. We will notify all County Clerks as soon as we have been provided direction on how to proceed.”

Phillips also contacted Mike McNutt, Area Representative for the Texas Department of State Health Service Vital Statistics Unit. He also said the Department of State Health Services would review the court's ruling in consultation with the Attorney General's Office to determine what, if any, changes are needed.

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