In the United States, the nation’s oldest and largest city is not exactly known for its cultural diversity.
But in the far south of the country, the city of Waco is an increasingly well-known and popular destination for the gay community.
Here, the town is home to a growing number of people who have been married or engaged to each other for a long time.
In Waco, the local government is trying to address the problems with its marriage licenses, as the town’s chief clerk, Julie Lueckens, recently told the Associated Press.
Lueks job is to help ensure the marriages are valid, she said.
“We want to make sure we are doing it right,” she said in an interview.
“You’re talking about thousands and thousands of marriages that are out there.”
In Wacos case, the trouble started when the town started requiring that couples show proof of marriage to get married.
The move sparked a nationwide backlash from those who felt the requirement violated their religious beliefs.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the town in federal court, arguing that it violated the equal protection clause of the US Constitution.
Lues response to the case was to take steps to ensure that Waco was following its constitutional responsibilities to ensure all couples have equal rights, said Wacom’s chief counsel, Tom Williams.
The law “does not change the fact that the Waco Police Department is a law enforcement agency,” Williams said.
Lueders efforts to implement the new rules “will help ensure that these marriages will be valid, as well as the families and the friends that are involved,” he said.
In addition, Waco also began accepting applications from people with HIV, Williams said, because of the community’s HIV awareness campaign.
But Williams acknowledged that the department’s approach was not perfect.
“The department does not have the power to tell people that they can’t be married,” he explained.
“They can only tell them that they’re not allowed to be married in Waco.”
The Waco ordinance does not change that, he said, and that’s why they are trying to be as transparent as possible with the public about what the policy is.
“It’s about doing the right thing,” Williams added.
Wacomas gay and lesbian community says it is being unfairly targeted Wacoms gay and queer community is facing discrimination from Waco authorities and some local officials.
On Friday, the Wacominga Pride Center, which has a prominent gay pride parade, announced that it would be cancelling the event on the grounds that it violates the city’s ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The Wacomeras Pride Center’s president, Michael De La Fuente, told the local station, the Gazette, that the city had “ignored and neglected” the concerns of the Wancomans and was “ignoring” the people of Wacoma by not making the city a more welcoming place for all residents.
“Waco is a community of many different faiths and many different cultures,” he told the station.
“I don’t see why the city can’t allow people to have a religious ceremony if they are in good faith.”
The city of Austin, Texas, has also received criticism for its ban on same-sex marriage.
The city’s chief administrative officer, Kevin White, told ABC News that the ordinance banning gay marriage “does nothing to protect the individual rights of Austin’s citizens.”
White said the city “is not discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” and said he is “not aware of any complaints about it.”
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and the people who say this are just trying to stir up the controversy,” White said.
Austin, a city of about 4.3 million people, is the third largest in the US and the fifth largest city in the nation.
But it is one of a few places in the country where marriage is still the only legal institution for same-gender couples.
“As the Chief Administrative Officer of Austin City, I am committed to the principle of equal protection for all Texans regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation,” White wrote in a statement to the Gazette.
The Austin Pride Center has previously said it was concerned about a “dramatic decline in the number of marriages and marriages of same- gender couples” since its ban was implemented.
The number of same sex weddings has also been on the decline, according to data from the US Census Bureau.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said in January that the number fell from 2,977 weddings in 2007 to 2,869 in 2016.
A recent survey by the American Family Association found that 48% of Americans support gay marriage.
Some local officials, however, say the data doesn’t support their claims.
“There are people in Austin who have married multiple times,” Wacommas mayor