JP plays Cupid

Justice of the Peace Stacy Hackenberg is playing Cupid for civil marriage ceremonies on Valentine’s Day. File photo by Jason Hennington

Justice of the Peace Stacy Hackenberg is playing Cupid by offering a discount on civil marriage ceremonies on Valentine’s Day.

Couples who want to say “I do,” can get married in the courtroom, 211 W. Sixth Street in Taylor, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 by contacting The usual price is $75 for the civil ceremony, but in the name of romance, Hackenberg is reducing the fee to $70 for the first five people to respond to the judge.

“The best part of my job is weddings,” said Hackenberg, who was sworn in on Jan. 1. “Every day we deal with people who aren’t very happy about being in court because of traffic tickets, evictions, truancies or lawsuits. Justices of the Peace in Williamson County also handle death inquests, which can often be the worst day of the lives for survivors. Being able to officiate over a wedding and bring two people together who love one another, regardless of sexual orientation, is a real privilege and blessing.”

Depending on the response, Hackenberg plans to go all-in by decorating the courtroom in honor of St. Valentine, the patron saint of courtly love.

For more information, contact the court at 512-238-2155 or email

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