54 Alabama Counties Sued for Not Allowing Immigrants to Marry

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed suit challenging policies in 54 of Alabama's 67 counties that prevent immigrants who can't prove they are in the country legally from marrying.

The lawsuit is separate from the SPLC's challenge of Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

The SPLC's legal director, Mary Bauer, said many of the counties had policies barring issuance of marriage licenses to illegal immigrants before the new immigration law passed the Legislature.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of U.S. citizen Linda Smith and an immigrant identified only as John Doe in the lawsuit.

The suit says the couple was unable to get a license in Montgomery County.

The chief clerk for Montgomery County Probate Court, Wells Robinson, did not have immediate comment on the suit.

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