Supreme Court fails to step in, AL probate offices divided

BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — What once read “bride and groom” on Alabama marriage licenses now reads “spouse and spouse.” Gay “marriage” was made legal Feb. 9 after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta and the U.S. Supreme Court failed to issue an extended stay request from Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s office over a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade.

Currently probate offices across the state are allowed to independently decide whether to continue to issue marriage certificates. While the majority of counties are either just accepting applications or not issuing marriage certificates at all, some have fully accepted the recent ruling. Madison, Etowah, Fayette, Jefferson, Chilton, Lowndes, Montgomery, Crenshaw and Coffee counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Counties that are not issuing licenses to same-sex couples include DeKalb, Blount, Cleburne, Randolph, Talladega, Sumter, Elmore, Lee, Russell, Wilcox, Washington and Baldwin.

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