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.
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.”