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U.S. Supreme Court declines to block same-sex marriages in Alabama

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court says it won’t stop same-sex marriages from beginning in Alabama on Monday.

The court on Monday morning denied the Alabama attorney general’s request to extend a hold on a judge’s ruling overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked the Supreme Court to keep the decision on hold because justices are expected to issue a nationwide ruling on gay marriage later this year.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January ruled that the Alabama ban was unconstitutional. She put a hold on her order until Monday to give the state time to appeal.

Same-sex couples are lining up at courthouses this morning seeking marriage licenses.

On Sunday, Chief Justice Roy Moore sent an order to state probate judges ordering them to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. But the chief clerk for Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed said he plans to issue them.

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