More Alabama counties OK gay ‘marriage’; Weatherly Heights Baptist to meet with associational leaders over gay ‘marriage’ stance

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP, TAB) — Following a week of tumult in Alabama concerning gay “marriage,” most of the state’s counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court continues to argue that state judges who issue marriage licenses are not bound by the federal court ruling that declared Alabama’s gay “marriage” ban unconstitutional. Fifty of Alabama’s 67 counties had decided to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of Feb. 13, the New York Times reported. That marked a significant increase from Feb. 9, when as many as 44 counties said they would not issue licenses to same-sex couples despite the federal court ruling.

Along the same vein, representatives from Weatherly Heights Baptist Church, Huntsville — whose church member, Ellin Jimmerson, performed at least one same-sex wedding last week — will meet with Madison Baptist Association leaders sometime this week to discuss the church’s stance on gay “marriage.” As of Feb. 17, Weatherly Heights has not “embraced a position on the issue,” Pastor David Freeman said.

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