A county in the Texas town of Bexar County has made it official.
A local judge ruled Monday that county clerks cannot issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.
In a statement, Bexars County Clerk Toni Hinson wrote, “The state of Texas is attempting to redefine marriage, and I can only do what is necessary to protect our families and our families.
The Bible says, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself,’ and I will do so as a Christian, even if it means standing up for the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.”
Hinson added that the ruling is a “major victory for marriage equality and our Christian values.”
The judge’s ruling followed a complaint by the Texas Family Policy Council (TFPC) that a county clerk in Bexara refused to issue marriage license to same gender couples.
The complaint says that Hinson “unreasonably and without reason denied a marriage license” to two same sex couple who applied for a license to marry in November 2016.
The TPC said the county clerk’s decision was a violation of the state’s anti-discrimination law.
Hinson’s office said in a statement that the decision was not legally binding.
The decision comes less than two months after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a measure banning same sex marriages in the state.
Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.