Gay Marriage

Senate Votes to Do Away with Judge-Signed Marriage Licenses

 The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would do away with the requirement for probate judges to sign marriage licenses. The bill comes as a few probate judges in the state continue to refuse to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to give them to gay couples. Senators voted 22-6 for the bill Tuesday. The…

Judge Dismisses Suit by Suspended Alabama Chief Justice

A federal judge has dismissed an effort by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to overturn his suspension. U.S. District Judge Harold Albritton threw out Moore’s lawsuit against the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission in an order Thursday. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary is considering judicial ethics charges that could lead to Moore’s ouster, and Albritton writes that the state process…

Federal Judge Bars Alabama from Blocking Gay Marriage

A federal judge is permanently barring Alabama from enforcing state laws to block gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile issued the order Tuesday in litigation that followed the U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized same-sex weddings nationwide. The judge writes that the order is needed because state laws against same-sex marriage remain on the books. She…

Bill Would Take Alabama Out of Marriage License Business

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has voted to do away with state-issued marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage. Senators approved the bill 23-3 on Tuesday. It would require couples to file a form recording their marriage rather than have county probate offices issue licenses. Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Range says…