AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – An offer by two Texas judges to officiate same-sex “commitment” ceremonies at an Austin courthouse on Valentine’s Day has sparked the anger of GOP politicians who noted the Lone Star State doesn’t recognize gay marriage.

Greg Kabel

The Austin American-Statesman reported Saturday the offer by County Court-at-Law Judge John Lipscombe and his wife, visiting Judge Jan Breland, a retired county court-at-law judge, was part of a 25-year tradition to hold free courthouse weddings on Valentine’s Day. The pair issued a statement Thursday saying the event would include “free commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples.”

Texas has a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples slammed the judges’ offer saying it’s wrong for a sitting judge “to hold a ceremony mocking our state constitution.”