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A county clerk marriage license station is seen in this file photo.
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Following the Supreme Court's decision today to strike down all state bans on same-sex marriage, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said  local governments "are now constitutionally required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples."

"State agencies and employees should immediately review their current practices related to their agency's function and benefits and ensure that their practices conform to the current state of the law," Olens said.

The Court mandate "requires Georgia to recognize same-sex marriage in the same way it recognizes marriage between a man and a woman," said Olens, who added that the licenses must be issued "in the same way and via the same procedures employed for all other applicants, and to recognize same-sex marriages on an equal footing with all other marriages."

The attorney general also said that agencies shuld establish a process to review any past agency decisions that "must be remediated in light of the Supreme Court's ruling."

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