Same-sex couples in Lubbock County eager for a marriage license will not have to wait much longer.

The Office of the County Clerk has announced that it will be issuing same-sex marriage licenses alongside licenses for heterosexual couples starting Monday, July 6.

The decision is made to comply with the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Additionally, the Office will be extending its regular business hours to accommodate couples who are filing for marriage licenses. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Office of the Lubbock County Clerk is located at 904 Broadway, Room 207.

In an interview Friday, June 26, the day the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage bans across the U.S. were no longer valid, Lubbock County Clerk Kelly Pinion told KFYO News that the office was awaiting new marriage license forms to accommodate same-sex couples. Altering the current forms, which did not contain sections for male-male or female-female couples, was illegal, she said.

Several other counties in West Texas, including Hale and Midland, were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples the same day as the Supreme Court decision.

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