Counties Refuse Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – More than a week after same-sex couples began tying the knot in some parts of Alabama, some counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.

As of Wednesday morning, at least seven of Alabama’s 67 counties were refusing to give marriage licenses to gay couples while giving them to heterosexual ones.  Some counties are not issuing licenses to anyone, gay or straight.

However, a majority of Alabama counties are issuing licenses to gay couples after a federal judge’s ruling declared the state’s gay marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Feb. 8 told probate judges they were not bound by the federal judge’s decision.

Marion County Probate Judge Rocky Ridings said judges have been confused by the conflicting orders.

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