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While America’s gay and lesbian community are anxiously waiting on the Supreme Court to issue its widely anticipated ruling on same-sex marriage, the Mexican Supreme Court quietly ruled that state laws limiting marriage to heterosexual couples were discriminatory, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide in our neighbor to the south. The consensus is that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of marriage equality, the scope of the ruling and when it will come is still up in the air.

During the recent 84th Texas Legislative Session, lawmakers tried to pass legislation that would take the ability to issue marriage licenses away from county clerks to stripping salaries from local or state employees who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Luckily none of the bills passed the House before the final deadline. Despite a public request from several groups, Texas Governor Greg Abbott as said that he would not call lawmakers to a special session to consider legislation same-sex marriage.

In Austin, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has announced that if the Supreme Court does rule in favor of marriage equality, striking down Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage, then Travis County would follow a contingency plan for issuing licenses to qualified couples.

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Once the Court has issued a ruling, the opinion will be reviewed by the Travis County Attorney’s office and advise the County Clerk’s office. If the ruling authorizes DeBeauvoir’s office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her office will set a time to start. This will allow her office to staff accordingly. The county clerk’s office will offer extended business hours with evening and weekend hours added for a limited time.

Dallas County Clerk John Warren has announced that his office will now issue licenses to same-sex couples if the Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality. The Democrat had previously stated he had concerns about modifying the state-generated marriage license application but was able to come up with an alternative after consulting the county’s District Attorney’s office. Pending the details of the ruling, Warren is already planning on overtime hours for his staff and keeping his office open past normal business hours to deal with the anticipated rush of applications from gay and lesbian couples.

Meanwhile, in Harris County, the Republican County Clerk Stan Stanart told the Houston Press that once the court issued its opinion he would wait to get guidance from the state’s Attorney General for instructions before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Late last year, Bexar County Clerk Gerard C. “Gerry” Rickhoff, a Republican, told San Antonio Express-News in an interview that the state’s ban on gay marriage a was a “civil rights violation” and that he would keep his office open 24 hours a day to accommodate gay and lesbian couples if same-sex marriage were legalized.

The ruling can come any day now and plans are already under way all across the state for Day of Decision events, whether celebrations and/or rallies. We’ve compiled a list of events below and will update the list with details as they are announced and other events as they are added.

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Day of Decision Events

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SCOTUS Party Of The Century

Oilcan Harry’s will be (hopefully) celebrating the opinion from the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality and the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with their “Party of the Century” when Decision Day comes with 46¢ drinks all day and all night long. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W 4th St., Austin TX 78701. 2 PM. FREE.

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SCOTUS Decision Day Party

Hosted by Rain on 4th, Equality Texas, HRC Austin, Stonewall Democrats of Austin and Log Cabin Republicans. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St., Austin TX 78701. 6 PM. FREE.

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Texas For Marriage Decision Day Celebration

Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St., Austin TX 78701

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Texas For Marriage Decision Day Celebration

At 6 PM, attendees will gather at Cathedral of Hope for an inspirational rally, celebration of love, and discussion about what the ruling means for same-gender loving couples, families, people of faith/faith-free people and how the decision compels us moving forward. At 7:30 PM, the group will march on the sidewalk down Cedar Springs to the Legacy of Love Monument at the Oak Lawn Triangle. Get your signs and noisemakers ready for this exciting moment where we march in solidarity with one another. At 8 PM, everyone will gather around the Legacy of Love Monument for a festive display of what the ruling means to the LGBTQ community, the people we love, and hear a call to action for what remains ahead. Cathedral of Hope UCC Dallas, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas TX 75235. 6 PM. Legacy of Love Monument at the Oak Lawn Triangle, Oak Lawn Ave. & Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas TX 75219. 7:30 PM.

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Decision Day Rally

Denton County Courthouse, 110 W Hickory St., Denton TX 76201. 6 PM.

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Texas For Marriage Decision Day Celebration

Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., El Paso TX 79930

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Texas For Marriage Decision Day Celebration

Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave., Ft. Worth TX 76104

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Texas For Marriage Decision Day Celebration

Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W 11th St., Houston TX 77008

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Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision

Hosted by Lambda Legal Houston, Victory Fund Houston and the Human Rights Campaign. Venue & details TBA

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Decision Day RGV

Mount Calvary Christian Church, 401 N 21st St, Harlingen TX 78550. 6 PM.

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Texas For Marriage Decision Day Celebration

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, 1630 Goliad Rd., San Antonio TX 78223

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Waco Day of Decision Celebration

Hosted by InterWaco and featuring speakers and musicians including Susan Duty-Dennard and Heather Grace Ranelle. Heritage Square, 3rd St. & Austin Ave., Waco TX 76701. 6 PM. FREE.

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Marriage Freedom Weekend

In Austin, organizers are planning for a special 4th of July holiday weekend by giving same-sex couples a “a stress-free way for same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses, petition for a waiver of waiting periods and finally get married.”

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[gdlr_tab icon=”icon-file-text-alt” title=”Obtain a License” ]Once the Supreme Court has ruled and the Travis County Attorney has cleared the Travis County Clerk’s office to issue licenses to same-sex couples, visit the clerk’s office at 5501 Airport Boulevard and apply for a marriage license. Bring state-approved proof of identity and age, your Social Security number (you don’t need to show the card), and pay the $81 license fee. [/gdlr_tab]

[gdlr_tab icon=”icon-bell-alt” title=”Get a Waiver, Get Married” ]During Marriage Freedom Weekend, a judge will be in his/her courtroom at the Travis County Courthouse to hear pleadings for waivers of the waiting period. Courthouse judges and other officiants will be available all day Saturday and Sunday to performance wedding ceremonies for those couples who have already waited the mandatory 3 days, are exempt from the waiting period or received a waiver. [/gdlr_tab]

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Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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