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While some Texas county clerks are still stubbornly refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, one openly gay official says he was honored to do so.

Russ Towers is the only openly gay county clerk in Texas and the first out official in ultraconservative Paris, Texas. He’s also completely shredded.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, Towers said he’s issued four marriage licenses to same-sex couples, including three on the first day.

“For me, it was very surreal, because it was something that I never thought that I would see in my lifetime,” said the hot clerk. “But to be on the other side of the counter, to be the one issuing, made it especially special for me. It was probably one of the proudest moments and days that I’ve ever had professionally.”

Towers.Russ2_-360x360Towers slammed clerks who are still refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, including Hood County’s Katie Lang, who was sued by a same-sex couple last week.

“It makes me sad,” he said. “We’re all clerks, and we all take the same oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, the laws of the United States and of the state, and that doesn’t apply to do just some people or the lifestyles with which you agree.”

Towers, a Republican, faces reelection next year but says he isn’t concerned about his sexual orientation becoming an issue:

“I am out, and nothing will ever change that. I suppose that could make some people uncomfortable, but I think most people who are active voters can recognize the changes that I made as an elections administrator to improve their voting experience, and maybe that will be enough to sway them to trust me in the job that I do as county clerk.”

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While some Texas county clerks are still stubbornly refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, one openly gay official says he was honored to do so. Russ Towers is the only openly gay county clerk in Texas and the first out official in ultraconservative Paris, Texas. He’s also completely shredded. Since...