Bill OKs re­cusal from is­su­ing same-sex mar­riage li­censes

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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.

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