Texas is set to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday, ending more than a year of uncertainty about the state’s laws on the issue.
The Texas Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction Tuesday blocking the state from issuing marriage license certificates to same sex couples, but the court did not allow same-gender couples to receive licenses.
The court did allow the Texas attorney general to issue licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
If the state is forced to issue a marriage license to same gender couples, it could also require that same- gender couples obtain a license from a local authority or county clerk, which would be harder to get.
The issue came up during oral arguments in the case of Texas v.
Windsor, a ruling that could set the stage for same- sex marriage nationwide.
The case began with a legal battle between two men who were married in Utah and were living in Texas.
But the case quickly turned political when a state court ruled that the marriage ceremony was a religious ceremony.
The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of same- sexes married in other states.
After the ruling, the Texas Supreme court granted the men a temporary restraining order.
The men were ordered to get a marriage certificate and wait for the court to rule on their request for marriage licenses, and they were allowed to get the licenses after a temporary delay.
In December, the justices rejected a request from the couple to be allowed to have their marriage recognized by the Texas Department of Public Safety, which had been asked to issue them a marriage licenses.
At the time, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, called it “a major victory for the freedom of speech and religious liberty.”
The Texas legislature approved a bill last year that would have legalized same- or opposite-sex marriage in Texas, but it failed to advance because the state Senate was controlled by Republicans.
Davis was among more than 100 people arrested during the state Legislature’s annual special session in January after they refused to give up their seats on the Legislature’s Rules and Administration Committee.
The committee is the only place in the state legislature where a lawmaker can ask a lawmaker to resign.
The Legislature passed the same-date marriage bill last month.
Greg Abbott signed the bill into law on Friday.
Abbott’s administration has said the measure will not change the state constitution.
The bill will allow Texas to begin recognizing same- and opposite-gender marriages after it has been issued.
A state judge has issued a stay on the marriage license process, which will remain in effect until a judge can issue a ruling on the case.
The stay is expected to last until the next hearing of the case on June 25.
Abbott has previously said the state would continue to defend the constitutionality of its marriage law.
The attorney general has said it is unlikely that the ruling would affect Texas’ ability to begin same-day marriage ceremonies.
He said it was up to the Supreme Court to decide.