ATLANTA (TAB, al.com) — The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta denied the state of Alabama’s request this morning to extend a delay on a ruling striking down the same-sex “marriage” ban in the state. As a result, same-sex “marriages” will be allowed in Alabama on Feb. 9, earlier if U.S. District Judge Callie Granade lifts her stay on the ruling. If she does so, marriages could begin sooner than Feb. 9. This ruling could be reversed if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reversing lower court rulings lifting same-sex “marriage” bans in four states. That ruling is expected sometime this summer. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said, “I am disappointed in the [court’s] decision not to stay the federal district court’s ruling. … My office vigorously defended the constitutionality of Alabama’s marriage laws.”
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