If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality as expected later this month, the Travis County Clerk’s office is already planning to offer extended evening and weekend hours to accommodate the expected high demand, according to the Austin Statesman American.
County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir told the Austin newspaper, “We’re hoping for crowds.”
Texas has a 72-hour waiting period for marriage licenses, but that can be waived by a district judge. Judges in Dallas and Austin have already indicated they are willing to waive the waiting period.
DeBeauvoir already issued one marriage license to a lesbian couple after a court order gave them permission to marry immediately because of health concerns for one of the women.
Watch Instant Tea for updates and word from Dallas County and Tarrant County clerks on what plans they have.