TX to Hire Random Contractors to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses by Phone

Maybe I should sign up to do this. They do stipulate that the “random contractor” doesn’t have to live in the county. They don’t stipulate that the contractor has to live in Texas.

Last Wednesday, the Texas Senate approved a bill that would allow religious clerks to opt out of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The measure now goes to the Republican-dominated House, where it stands a good chance of passing. For the most part, the Texas bill mirrors other Republican proposals designed to let religious clerks refuse to recognize the validity of same-sex marriages. But it has one fascinating addition: The measure allows county courts to hire random people to issue same-sex marriage licenses so that anti-gay clerks don’t have to.

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