Bill OKs recusal from issuing same-sex marriage licenses
AUSTIN | Legislators sought Tuesday to chip away at the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, voting to let county judges and other elected officials recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses if they have personal religious objections.
The bill won preliminary approval in the Senate. A final vote, expected Wednesday, sends it to the state House.
Texas’ Republican-controlled Legislature only meets every two years, meaning state lawmakers weren’t able to respond to the high court’s June 2015 gay marriage decision until now.