Same-Sex Couple Marries In Texas Under Strange One-Time Order

Despite Texas’ longstanding ban on gay marriage, a same-sex female couple married in Austin on Thursday immediately after being granted a marriage license under a one-time court order issued for medical reasons.

The license was issued for Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who requested the license in Travis County two days after a local judge ruled in an unrelated estate case that Texas’ gay-marriage ban was unconstitutional.

The couple cited that case, saying it should allow them to wed.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the couple’s wedding would have legal standing since Texas still has a ban, which remains before a federal appeals court. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an immediate appeal of the ruling to the Texas Supreme Court.

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