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Alabama Supreme Court Issues 25-Day Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
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Kim Allen

The Alabama Supreme Court today issued an order aimed at delaying gay marriage for 25 days, although some Alabama counties have ignored the state order and continued to issue the same-sex marriage licenses. John Carroll, a former federal judge and now a law professor at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, explained the reasoning behind the order and suggested those counties who ignore it are on safe ground. "Did the Alabama Supreme Court have to do this? The answer is 'no,''' said Carroll. "Were they within their rights? I guess. For more on this story, visit: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/06/alabama_in_legal_knots_over_ga.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ By KIM CHANDLER and MARTIN SWANT Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Nearly half of Alabama's counties are issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian people following Friday's landmark U.S Supreme Court ruling that said same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry. An Associated Press telephone survey of counties on Monday found that at least 32 of the state's 67 counties were issuing the licenses to gay couples. However, at least 22 counties were not issuing the licenses with several probate judges citing continued confusion, or saying they needed time to review the decision. Several had shut down marriage license operations altogether. Susan Watson, the head of the ACLU of Alabama, said same-sex marriage is the law of the land. She says probate judges could face sanctions if they refuse licenses to gay couples while granting them to heterosexual ones.


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