Alabama judges group reverses course on marriage licenses for same-sex couples


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama judge’s group reversed course and said same-sex couples may apply for marriage licenses once a hold comes off a federal judge’s order that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Alabama-flagThe Alabama Probate Judges Association issued new advice after reviewing the judge’s clarification order that was issued Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade last week ruled the ban unconstitutional. She put her order on hold for 14 days to let the state appeal.

Monroe County Probate Judge Greg Norris says no licenses will be issued to same-sex couples as long as the order is on hold. However, same sex couples may apply for marriage licenses if the stay is lifted.

Granade’s ruling, if it stands, would make Alabama the 37th state where gay marriage is permitted.

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