The Louisiana Clerks of Court Association, which had warned its members against granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reversed course Monday afternoon and said all clerks across the state should comply with last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

In an email to the group’s members, Executive Director Debbie Hudnall argued that it would have been better to wait for the go-ahead from the state’s Office of Vital Records — which is itself waiting on an order from one of two federal appellate courts. But, since several parish clerks of court began issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, Hudnall argued the rest of the membership should follow suit to avoid potential problems.

“While the Association believes that implementation of changes relative to marriage licenses should have been done by the parish clerks simultaneously with the Office of Vital Records, differing implementation times has and will continue to create confusion,” Hudnall said.

“The Association, therefore, suggests that parish clerks begin implementation of changes in procedures for the issuance of marriage licenses consistent with last week’s Supreme Court opinion,” she said. “So our attorney says you can issue the license as soon as your office is ready to do so.”

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