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Texas Estimates 2,500 Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued Statewide

It’s tough to know how accurate that figure is based on how they are collecting the information.

When Texas couples apply for a marriage license, they no longer have to identify their gender. Instead, the form simply lists them as “applicant one” and “applicant two.” So the Texas Department of State Health Services estimated the number of same-sex marriages by looking at the applicants’ names.

Brandon Rottinghaus is an assistant professor of political science  at the University of Houston.

“That might be damaging and difficult because it may not be so clear in terms of the name whether a Chris is a man or a woman,” Rottinghaus says.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in June outlawed all state bans on same-sex marriage. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said the Supreme Court misapplied the Constitution, and the decision should lie with the states. Rottinghaus says the estimate could have an impact on the debate surrounding same-sex marriage.

“We see numbers being used to persuade one group or another that something is needed. In this case, yeah, the opponents want to say that’s the numbers are wrong, that it’s too high.”

Rottinghaus says even if the figure isn’t completely accurate, it shows there is a pent-up demand for same-sex marriage.

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