Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages in Alabama

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked to keep the decision on hold
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 9, 2015 8:28 AM CST
Shante Wolfe, left and Tori Sisson, right, sit near the Montgomery County Courthouse Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala.   (Brynn Anderson)
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court says it won't stop same-sex marriages from beginning in Alabama today. The court this morning denied the Alabama attorney general's request to extend a hold on a judge's ruling overturning the state's ban on gay marriage. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked the Supreme Court to keep the decision on hold because justices are expected to issue a nationwide ruling on gay marriage later this year.

US District Judge Callie Granade in January ruled that the Alabama ban was unconstitutional. She put a hold on her order until today to give the state time to appeal. Gay couples are lining up at courthouses seeking marriage licenses. Last night, Chief Justice Roy Moore sent an order to state probate judges ordering them to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. But the chief clerk for Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed said he plans to issue them.

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