Texas’ top lawyer has called the US Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states a “lawless ruling” and vowed to support state workers who refuse to marry couples on religious grounds.

The court ruled on Friday that marriage for all is a constitutional right.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said clerks could be fined if they refuse to issue marriage licences. But, he said his office would defend them in court free of charge.

Many gay couples in Texas have already wed since Friday’s ruling. But couples in nearby Mississippi and Louisiana have been blocked from obtaining marriage licences.

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