Austin, Texas, Feb 19 (EFE).- Two Austin women on Thursday became the first gay couple in Texas history to legally wed after a court ruling earlier this week declared the prohibition on same-sex marriage unconstitutional in the state.
Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who have been partners for more than 30 years, married in a Travis County office immediately after a judge granted them a marriage license Thursday morning, Country Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir announced.
In a communique, DeBeauvoir said that the order handed down by state Judge David Wahlberg affects only the marriage between Goodfriend and Bryant and future marriage certificates for same-sex couples will have to be court-authorized.
The license was specifically granted by Judge Wahlberg in this case because Goodfriend has ovarian cancer.
According to the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, friends and relatives, including the pair's two teenage daughters, Dawn and Ting, attended a modest ceremony presided over by a rabbi at the public office.
Before the ceremony, Bryant said that her daughter was worried about missing her history class at school, but she had told her that "we're making history," given that this is the first legal same-sex marriage since 2005, when voters approved a ban on such unions in the conservative state.
On Tuesday, Travis County Judge Guy Herman ruled that restricting marriage in Texas to the union between a man and woman and prohibiting the creation or recognition of same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.
In 2005, Texans voted by an overwhelming 76.25 percent margin to ban same-sex marriages, although liberal Travis County was the only one of the state's 254 counties to vote in favor of allowing them.
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to rule this year on the legality of same-sex marriages nationwide, but - at present - while gay marriages are legal in 38 states, 12 states still prohibit them.