Judge Roy Moore Speaks About Alabama Gay Marriage

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he's concerned that the recognition of same-sex marriages will lead to the recognition of marriages with multiple partners or marriages within a family.

Moore spoke out Tuesday after sending a letter to the governor saying a ruling by a federal judge in favor of a same-sex couple in Mobile is not binding on Alabama's probate judges. He says he's encouraged by the Alabama Probate Judges Association advising probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Republican chief justice has spoken out against same-sex marriages before. Last February, he wrote letters to all 50 governors to try to get states to push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge has issued a second ruling blocking Alabama's gay marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade on Monday issued a preliminary injunction blocking Alabama attorney General Luther Strange and other state officials from enforcing the ban.

Granade ruled last week in another case that the laws were unconstitutional. In both instances, she put her ruling on hold for 14 days to give state officials time to appeal.

The latest ruling came out of a case brought by James Strawser and John Humphrey of Mobile. The couple applied for, but could not get, a marriage license in the state.

Strawser said he will require surgery but that Humphrey will be unable to help care, or make decisions, for him because he is not a legal spouse.

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