Houston court momentarily halted marriage licenses

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HOUSTON - June 26, a day for the history books and for good reason. With the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex couples have the right to get married regardless of where they live, marriage equality is now a civil right.

As supporters celebrated the milestone, thousands rushed to courthouses across the country to say "I do."

Momentarily, in Houston, some courts were saying "I don't."  Couples who were awaiting marriage licenses were seeing red due to a lack of proper paperwork from governor Greg Abbott's office.

"It's disappointing especially after waiting as long as we have.  They talk about waiting for guidance, but I think we have enough guidance right here in the Supreme Court decision," said Hunter Middleton.

Chair of Harris County Democratic Party, Lane Lewis said "I'm here today to make sure that Stan Stanart follows the law.  He has to understand that under the U.S. Code Section 1983, he can be held personally liable for every single person that he denies here today."

Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement that he expects all state agencies to prioritize compliance with the First Amendment, Article One of the Texas Constitution, and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Abbott says state agencies should suffer no adverse action against anyone acting on behalf of that agency who refuses to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples because of religious beliefs.

Basically, if your religion says marriage is between a man and a woman, Abbott says you don't have to obey the new law of the land, and you wouldn't be punished for it.

A potential hindrance for some Texans, and for those who have been waiting for this moment.

"The main reason I want us to be married is so that we're each protected in everything from the house to pensions, to social security to everything.  We can just be like a normal couple like everybody else," said Debbie Holmes.

It's obvious, the law can't make everyone happy.

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