Dallas County Clerk John Warren

Dallas County Clerk John Warren told Dallas Voice he will extend hours to issue marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality.

Warren couldn’t say exactly what those extended hours will be or how soon after the ruling he will open the office to issue licenses to same-sex couples. That, in part, depends on the wording in the ruling that may give the remaining states time to prepare. However, when the court lifted the stays in a number of states in October, marriage began immediately in most cases and within a few days in other cases.

In Houston, Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart said “They’re destroying an institution, the institution of marriage.” But he said he would comply. In Fort Worth, Tarrant County Clerk Louise Garcia said she had no plan to deal with the rush but would comply with court rulings.

Travis County and Bexar County both plan to extend hours.