One Year Later: 1,600 Same-Sex Marriages in Alabama
The Alabama Department of Public Health says there were 1,622 same-sex marriages in the state in 2015, the first year same-sex unions were legal here.
That's a preliminary number from the ADPH, which tracks marriages, deaths and other vital statistics.
There have been an average of about 40,000 marriages a year in Alabama over the last 10 years.
That means same-sex marriages probably accounted for about 4 percent of all marriages in the state last year.
It was a year marked by landmark rulings and some contradictory court actions on the issue of marriage.
In January 2015, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile ruled that Alabama's law and constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and the recognition of same-sex marriages entered in other states were unconstitutional.
Granade ruled that the laws violated the due process and equal protection clauses in the 14th Amendment.
Probate judges in many Alabama counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after Granade's ruling.
The Alabama Supreme Court ordered a halt to same-sex marriages in March 2015.
In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a long anticipated decision, ruled 5-4 that the 14th Amendment required states to allow same-sex marriages and to recognize those entered in other states.
Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of that decision.
More on this story at AL.com.