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Texas AG tells clerks they can flout Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

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Ashley Creath, left, and Jacquey Creath, of Houston, a couple for nine years, are wed by Judge Kyle Carter, not shown, o
Ashley Creath, left, and Jacquey Creath, of Houston, a couple for nine years, are wed by Judge Kyle Carter, not shown, of the 125 District Court, in the Harris County Civil Courthouse Friday, June 26, 2015, in Houston.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday told county clerks in the Lone Star State their religious beliefs could enable them to flout the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, while adding some may face litigation for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. Judges and justices of the peace, however, should be able to refuse to marry these couples without finding an alternative, said Paxton, because there are others endowed with the ability to perform marriages, like members of the clergy.

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