All Hays County Judges Refuse to Sign Over Rides for 72 Hour Wait Period

I personally witnessed the county advise that there was a ban on the 72 hour over ride for marriages. Then, I followed up phone call. It was confirmed. Then, was patched thru to the Hays County contact for the press. Below is the correspondence. More than one trip back to the county office was made based on information provided to citizens via the county regarding the 72 hour over ride. This 72 hour over ride policy  was a moving target today. To that effect, were these residents’ Civil Rights were violated?

RE: Marriage License Waivers

Monday, June 29, 2015 4:07 PM
From: 
“Laureen Chernow” <laureen.chernow@co.hays.tx.us>
To: 
“Lisa Marie Coppoletta” <lisa_coppoletta@yahoo.com>

And as I’ve stated before, that’s an unknown. That is not something we track statistically and I have no idea which judges do or don’t routinely or even ever sign waivers. It is DISCRETIONARY by each judge.

Laureen Chernow

Communications Specialist

From: Lisa Marie Coppoletta [mailto:lisa_coppoletta@yahoo.com] 
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2015 4:04 PM
To: Laureen Chernow
Subject: Re: Marriage License Waivers

please help me understand how all of the judges are using their discretion on the same exact day has this ever happened in the history of Hays County that all judges are using their discretion not to approve override this

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On Jun 29, 2015, at 4:02 PM, Laureen Chernow <laureen.chernow@co.hays.tx.us> wrote:

Lisa, I’m not following – my answer is below.

Laureen Chernow

Communications Specialist

From: Lisa Marie Coppoletta [mailto:lisa_coppoletta@yahoo.com
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2015 3:57 PM
To: Laureen Chernow
Subject: Re: Marriage License Waivers

I was instructed that all judges are refusing to sign the waiver is this correct or not has this ever happened before

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On Jun 29, 2015, at 3:18 PM, Laureen Chernow <laureen.chernow@co.hays.tx.us> wrote:

Lisa,

Texas Family Code 2.204 allows a County Court at Law Judge or District Judge in Texas to sign a waiver for the 72-hour wait time on a marriage license “for good cause,” but it is entirely discretionary. I have no idea which judges are or aren’t doing waivers for any marriage licenses in Hays County or which ones typically do – you would have to ask each CCL and Dist Judge office how they handle requests in their offices. Also, JPs are not part of that – they can’t do it.

Laureen Chernow

Communications Specialist