Alabama counties not issuing same sex marriage licenses

Traditional Marriage - May It Always Be. (TempusVolat Compfight CC)
Traditional Marriage – May It Always Be. (TempusVolat Compfight CC)

According to one group of gay rights activists, as many as 50 Alabama counties are currently not issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Many counties around the state have suspended the issuance of marriage licenses altogether in the wake of conflicting rulings from the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and a federal judge in south Alabama. Roughly a dozen counties are said to still be issuing licenses for traditional marriages, while turning away same sex couples.

On Sunday, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order to probate judges around the state instructing them not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

According to Moore’s six-page letter, “no probate judge shall issue or recognize a marriage license that is inconsistent with” Alabama’s constitutional ban on same sex marriage, which went into effect in 2006 after a statewide ballot initiative approved by 81 percent of voters.

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