Judge Jim Hansen, the Justice of the Peace for Lubbock County's Precinct 1, released a letter Monday announcing he will not be performing any wedding ceremonies "effective immediately."
In the letter, he cites personal religious reasons for the decision, writing "The statutes say a Justice of the peace may perform marriages, it does not say shall."
Here's the full text:
June 26, 2015
My understanding of the Supreme Court decision regarding same sex marriage is that I have two options. I can either perform all weddings, including same sex marriages, or I can no longer perform any weddings.
The statutes say a Justice of the peace may perform marriages, it does not say shall. For personal religious reasons, I have decided to no longer perform wedding ceremonies effective immediately.
Upon announcing this decision, I also wish to share that I have no anger, fear, or hatred toward any person or party. I am simply guaranteed my religious rights as guaranteed under the United States Constitution.
God Bless America,
Judge Jim Hansen
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1