Former state Rep. Glen Maxey has made it his mission to ensure same-sex couples can receive a marriage license in any of Texas’ 254 countries.
The biggest hold out until yesterday was Hood County, southwest of Fort Worth.
Today, Maxey has his sites set on Irion and Anderson counties.
Irion County is west of San Angelo and Maxey said he has a couple contemplating a road trip there.
Palestine is the county seat of Anderson County, south of Athens.
Anderson, with a population of about 45,000, is the largest hold out in the state right now. He said if anyone in East Texas needs a marriage license to send him a message.
Here’s Maxey’s account of the drama going on in Anderson County from his Facebook page:
So the drama and gossip from Palestine (better than gay drama queens gossip) says that the Republican County Judge, one Robert Johnston “ordered the County Clerk not to issue any same sex marriage licenses and told the JP’s not to conduct any gay weddings.” I learned about this from a person who heard first hand from one of the people in the meeting where the edict came down. ( Note: None of these officials answer to the County Judge. They are independently elected public officials. But he does control their budgets for pencils and toilet paper.)
We also know that a few couples may have gone to the Anderson County Clerk Mark Staples and were refused. Reportedly, they wanted to get married immediately and they went to a nearby county and got all licensed and married.