TEXAS: Travis County Preps For Marriage
If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have the right to marry, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir plans to be ready. The clerk’s office, which issues and records marriage licenses from its location at 5501 Airport Blvd., plans to offer extended evening and weekend hours to accommodate the pent-up demand from gay and lesbian couples who have been unable to marry under state law. “We’re hoping for crowds,” said DeBeauvoir, a strong supporter of same-sex marriage. When the Supreme Court issues its ruling — expected by the end of June, when the court typically ends its term — a team of lawyers from the county attorney’s office will scour the decision to determine its implications for Travis County. DeBeauvoir said she will strive for accuracy rather than speed, but if the ruling allows, the goal is to begin issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples as quickly as possible.Plans are also underway to provide access to judges to who will waive the three-day waiting period.