After an opinion from the District Attorney's office this afternoon, County Clerk Joyce Hudman said Brazoria County is officially issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Hudman said her offices have been issuing licenses since 1:30 p.m. and will throughout the day.
District Attorney Jeri Yenne gave the county clerk's office a one-sentence opinion that issuing same-sex marriage licenses is mandatory based on the Supreme Court's decision today.
"As a follow-up to your inquiry regarding marriage licenses, please be advised that on today's date, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion indicating the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex," Yenne's memo reads.
After getting that memo, Hudman said her offices were instructed to grant the licenses.
One couple already has obtained a marriage license from the Pearland clerk's office, she said.
The clerk's offices generally stop issuing licenses at 4:45 p.m., but Hudman said the doors of the offices will stay open until 5 p.m. today, and as long as people get in line before then, they will be issued a license today.
After this morning's Supreme Court ruling, Brazoria County Clerk Joyce Hudman initially said her office would wait for direction from the Texas Attorney General before issuing any same-sex licenses.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay marriage rights.
Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in the 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling means the remaining 14 states, including Texas, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement Thursday calling for county clerks to wait for instruction from his office before granting same-sex marriage licenses if the court ruled Friday.
After the high court's decision, Paxton released a statement calling the ruling "an assault on the text of the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law itself."
Paxton said his office would work to protect the rights of religious liberty for all people whose religious beliefs go against the ruling, but especially county clerks and justices of the peace who are religious against same-sex marriage.
"Shortly, my office will be addressing questions about the religious liberties of clerks of court and justices of the peace," he said.
With files from the Associated Press