Attorneys for a gay couple who sued
Hood, Texas County Clerk Katie Lang over her refusal to issue them a
marriage license have announced that a settlement has been reached.
After the Supreme Court struck down gay
marriage bans in all 50 states, Lang repeatedly refused to issue a
marriage license to Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton, who have been
together 27 years.
In a written statement issued at the
time, Lang said that her religious faith compels her “to personally
refrain from issuing same-sex marriage licenses” but that other
staffers would issue marriage licenses to gay couples in accordance
with the Supreme Court's decision.
Lang's office, however, claimed that it
did not have the appropriate forms to issue such licenses.
The men received a license the day they
filed their lawsuit.
Attorneys for the couple said that the
lawsuit had been settled for $44,000, what the couple had spent on
attorneys fees, the