The Granbury park-and-ride tram will run on the following schedule for Fourth of July weekend: Thursday: 5 – 8 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday: 9 – 11 a.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. It will run from the Houston Street parking lot, down Bridge past Langdon Center, through Hewlett Park, and back. Saturday afternoon, it will also run past the library/Shanley House and down Bridge to the GISD administration parking lot, if traffic dictates.
Even though County Clerk Katie Lang has backed down in the face of a federal lawsuit and has agreed to allow her staff to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the fight apparently isn’t over. According to the “Hood Co. Equality” Facebook page, a religious freedom rally is now planned for 11 a.m. Thursday (July 2), 30 minutes before a rally calling for Lang to step down. According to posts, that rally is still on despite Lang’s reversal. At the time of this posting, 125 people posted that they intend to attend the anti-Lang rally, and 33 people are “maybes.” Thirty-six people indicated that they intend to be at the religious freedom rally.
After the HCN broke the news of a planned protest on the square and a federal lawsuit that would be filed against County Clerk Katie Lang by two men who were refused a same-sex marriage license, Lang backed down, but blamed the media for the controversy. She posted a message on her website stating that as soon as the proper forms are available, her office will begin issuing the licenses. Lang said that, due to her religious beliefs, she will not issue the licenses herself, but will allow staffers to do so. On Monday, Lang told the HCN, as well as several major media outlets, that she would not issue the licenses because of her faith. Her stance received national coverage. She was asked by the HCN on Monday why staffers couldn’t issue them, but she stated that her staffers are “religious” also. In the posted statement, Lang claims that “some have misreported and misconstrued my prior statements. I want to make it clear that the County Clerk’s office of Hood County will comply with the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States.” A story about Lang’s former stance and the men who were denied a marriage license is in Wednesday’s issue of the HCN.
Two Stephenville High School students were uninjured in a rollover at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, a little over a mile west of Loop 567 on Highway 377 West. Nico Madrid, 18, was the driver and Mia Monrreal, 15, was the lone passenger in the one-vehicle accident, officials at the scene said. They were in an eastbound 2002 Nissan Frontier pickup that left the roadway and came to rest upside down in a culvert.
An Austin law firm will be filing a federal lawsuit against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang on behalf of James Cato and his partner, Joe Stapleton, who were denied a same-sex marriage license even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal. “Sometimes you’ve got to take a stand in life,” Cato said when he contacted the HCN about the planned legal action.
A gathering to protest County Clerk Katie Lang’s refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses is planned for 11:30 a.m. Thursday (July 2) on the square, according to the “Hood Co. Equality” Facebook page. Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex unions are legal, Lang is refusing to issue the licenses because of her religious beliefs. Based on postings to the Facebook page, some who are protesting Lang’s decision have been phoning her offices. There are two locations. One is on West Bridge Street by Granbury City Hall, The other is inside the Hood County Justice Center.
Fort Worth & Western Railroad workers have been summoned to Cresson to repair a problem with the train track where it crosses Highway 377, which made the outside lane on the southbound side impassable as of about noon, according to emergency scanner traffic. Also, TxDOT workers have been requested to respond to shut down the lane until repairs can be completed.
Weatherford College nursing instructor James Cato says County Clerk Katie Lang should resign because of her refusal to grant same-sex marriage licenses despite last week’s Supreme Court ruling prohibiting bans on gay unions. Lang is citing religious beliefs, and support from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Cato was rebuffed when he phoned Lang’s office Monday to get a marriage license for him and his longtime partner. A woman posted on Facebook that her daughter was turned down for a license as well. County Commissioner Steve Berry said commissioners have been deluged with emails demanding that Lang step down. A full story about the the situation is in the Wednesday (July 1) issue of the HCN.