MOBILE, Ala. (BP) — A federal judge has declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex “marriage” unconstitutional, but a key state judicial organization contends probate judges are not bound by the decision. U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled Jan. 23 that the “Sanctity of Marriage Amendment” to Alabama’s constitution — which defines marriage as “inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman” — violates the federal constitution. She also ruled that the state’s attorney general is prohibited from enforcing the marriage amendment. However, the Alabama Probate Judges Association claims Granade’s ruling “only applies to the parties in the case and has no effect on anybody that is not a named party.” Greg Norris, president of the Alabama Probate Judges Association, said Granade’s ruling should not be construed as legalizing gay “marriage” statewide.
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