Wiregrass Probate Judges Accept Marriage License Applications from Gay Couples

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Houston County – Gay couples were waiting in line at the Houston County Probate Office Monday morning to apply for marriage licenses.

Alabama became the 37th state where gays can legally wed.

Probate Judge Patrick Davenport is accepting marriage applications, but not issuing licenses until confirmation comes from the Alabama Supreme Court.

Probate judges in Dale and Henry counties are also only accepting marriage license applications from all couples.

On Sunday night, Chief Justice Roy Moore sent an order to state probate judges ordering them to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked the US Supreme Court to keep the decision on hold because justices are expected to issue a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage later this year. However, the Supreme Court denied that request on Monday morning.

Freedom to Marry and Equality Alabama are advising couples to wait at probate offices. A statement is expected from the AL Association of Probate Judges this morning.

“It leaves you feeling worthless and left out, wondering if it’s actually going to happen or if it’s a false alarm,” says couple Chris Countryman and Bruce Munger.

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