KarenPhillipsSmith County Clerk Karen Phillips was sued by private counsel, according to Lambda Legal Supervising Senior Staff Attorney Ken Upton. Smith County includes Tyler.

On Sunday, June 28, Texas Atty. Gen Ken Paxton issued an opinion that clerks could refuse to issue marriage licenses if it was against their religious beliefs. However, the opinion also said everyone had to be accommodated, so someone in the office had to issue any couple a license.

County Clerks can he held personally liable for damages if they refuse to uphold the law.

Some counties announced they would begin issuing marriage licenses today. Other county clerks that continue to refuse to uphold the law may also face lawsuits.