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Hood County to issue same-sex marriage licenses after all

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — A North Texas county will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though the clerk in charge of such documents says it’s against her beliefs.

Hood County Clerk Katie Lang, in a statement Wednesday on the county website, says her office will comply with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Justices last Friday legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Many county clerks in Texas immediately began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Lang initially said she believed it was morally and biblically incorrect to hand out marriage licenses to gay couples and said the Hood County office would not do so.

Lang’s updated statement says her religious beliefs prevent her from issuing such licenses, but she says her office will comply with the law and do so.

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