Local LGBT Bar Association Publishes Guide to Same Sex Marriage

Call it the 'Green Book' for same sex marriage in Bexar County, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The San Antonio LGBT Bar Association last night released a list of more than a dozen local judges who are willing to conduct wedding ceremonies, regardless of the sexual orientation of the individuals being married.

"This is a project that enables couples, regardless of whether they are same sex couples, or identify as non-binary, or transgender,' or not," LGBT Bar Assoiation President Michael Ritter said.

The 'Will You Marry Me' project was put together along with the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association and LGBT focused groups like Pride San Antonio and the San Antonio Aids Foundation.

'When the justice system is often viewed as highly contentious, and the courthouse as a place where many people have negative experiences, to highlight the positive aspects of our justice system in Bexar County, and to our local judges' commitment to bringing people together and building families," Ritter said.

He says the 'straight ticket sweep' that swept many new Democrat judges into office in Bexar County has also left many people who may want to get married, whether they are LGBT or straight, uncertain where to turn.

"In Texas marriage ceremonies may be performed by judges, and in the greater San Antonio area, we have close to eighty judges at all levels from the federal bench down to JP courts and municipal courts, and many judges don't exercise the privileges of their office to perform marriage ceremonies," Ritter said.

He says it will also serve to remind same sex couples that even 'in the current political environment,' marriage remains an option. It comes at a time, for example, when a proposal in the Texas Legislature would allow judges and other county officials to 'opt out' of performing same sex weddings.

"The Green Book,' which was the focus of the Oscar winning movie, was a book that was published during the era of segregation to help African American travelers learn which roadside services were available to Black motorists at a time when many facilities did not serve non-whites.

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