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Same-Sex Couples Await Supreme Court's Ruling on Gay Marriage

Wichita Falls, TX - Texas does not approve the marriage of same-sex couples, but that could soon change pending a landmark decision by the Supreme Court. 

This landmark decision from the Supreme Court will come down Thursday or as late as Monday.

Millions of same-sex couples are waiting to hear the ruling which can decide their fate to legally get married. 

Justices will answer two questions: Whether states can ban same-sex marriages and if states must recognize marriages performed by the law in other states.

After justices answer those two questions, they will then have to make one of three decisions.  

The first option would be to declare state marriage bans unconstitutional. that decision would mean all states will perform and recognize same-sex marriage.

If the court upholds bans on gay marriage, states like Texas will continue business as usual, but the decision would leave states with no law on the books in limbo.  

Lastly, the court could say bans are constitutional, but all states must  recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. this would still give couples the option to have their marriages  recognized legally. 

President Obama said one thing is undeniable, there has been a big shift in attitudes across the country towards same-sex marriage.

"A decade ago, politicians ran against LGBT rights. Today, they're running towards them," said President Obama. "Because they've learned what the rest of the country knows -- that marriage equality is about our civil rights, and our firm belief that every citizen should be treated equally under the law."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent out a statement to all county clerks and justice of the peace. Paxton urged all to "Wait for direction and clarity from his office about the meaning of the court's opinion and the rights of Texans under the law." 

Jimmie Johnson, News Channel 6 
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