Alabama asks U.S. Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriage ruling

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to continue to block same-sex marriages until the high court issues a ruling on gay marriage later this year.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to keep a hold on a district judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage. The filing came after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to issue a stay, paving the way for Alabama to become the 37th state where gays can legally wed.

Strange said a stay would prevent confusion. He said the court’s ruling would likely resolve the issue nationwide.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade’s hold on her order expires Feb. 9. However, lawyers have asked Granade to lift the stay immediately.

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