Lawsuit settled. Katie Lang costs Hood County taxpayers almost 44k
AND here's the marriage license... FINALLY, from CBS 11
So, according to HCNews this morning July 6 2015, a lawsuit HAS been filed in federal court againt Katie Lang. Why?
A federal lawsuit was filed electronically early Monday morning (July 6) against County Clerk Katie Lang on behalf of two men who were denied a marriage license, even though the Supreme Court has struck down a ban on gay marriages. Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton of Hood County were allowed to apply for a marriage license late last Thursday, but Lang refused to take their $83 fee and also refused to issue them a marriage license until new paperwork arrives in three weeks. More than 200 other county clerks in Texas have been issuing the licenses. The men claim they were refused an application numerous times when they phoned Lang’s office asking for one. They were allowed to fill out that paperwork once they went into Lang’s office with their attorneys, Jan Soifer and Austin Kaplan, who had driven to Granbury from Austin. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, asks that the men be issued a marriage license.
It appears that despite all her faux words about caving in, she decided to drag her feet about issuing a license.
Hah. That didn't take long. Was it the THREAT OF ACTUALLY BEING SUED that did it?
from the Hood County TX website
The religious doctrines to which I adhere compel me to personally refrain from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Nonetheless, in addition to the county clerk offices in the several surrounding counties, as soon as the appropriate forms have been printed and supplied to my office, the County Clerk’s Office of Hood County will have staff available and ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Because some have misreported and miscons1d my prior statements, I want to make clear that the County Clerk’s Office of Hood County will comply with the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States.
I am grateful that the First Amendment continues to protect the sincerely held religious beliefs of public servants like me. That has not changed since last Friday. As Justice Kennedy stated, “it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.”
Haha. RIGHT... Miscons1d what she CLEARLY SAID. Here's from Bud Kennedy, who talks about what she said in email.
In a review of Hood County Clerk Katie Lang’s emails obtained through an information request, her comments to staff were strident: “We are not issuing them because I am instilling my religious liberty in this office.”
. Let's just repeat that, shall we? She was imposing her religious views on EVERY CLERK IN THAT OFFICE. Even Ken Paxton in his AG opinion said that a deputy clerk could choose to do it if the elected clerk didn't want to. Not good enough for this lady, eh? EVERYONE IN LOCKSTEP WITH HER FAITH!
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Katie Lang still isn’t issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Hood County.
And Lang, the county clerk there, insisted Monday that she has no intention of issuing any — despite last week’s Supreme Court landmark ruling that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states — because it goes against her religious beliefs.
You have to wonder how her husband Mike Lang who is running for State Rep likes this.
. Dallas Voice
Hood County Clerk Katie Lang has reversed her previous decision to not allow anyone in her office issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, although she is claiming that we all just simply miscons1d what she said earlier about not allowing anyone in her office to issue those licenses.
I am pretty sure I did not “miscons1” what the woman in Lang’s office told me earlier todaywhen she said NO ONE in that office would issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. I called and asked specifically.