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Current challenge to Alabama's same-sex marriage ban:
Hard v. Bentley, Searcy v. Bentley

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Alabama court reverses itself, allows visitation case after same-sex couple split

Saturday, February 28, 2015
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An Alabama appeals court reversed itself on Friday, ruling that a woman who separated from her same-sex partner in Georgia can pursue visitation rights in Alabama. [...]

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Alabama religious groups support Roy Moore’s stand against same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, leader of the Christian Defense Coalition, speaks in support of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, at a news conference in Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 25, 2015.
Supporters who rallied around Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore during his 2003 Ten Commandments fight returned to Alabama Wednesday to praise his stand against same-sex marriage. [...]

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Couple in Alabama same-sex marriage case still refused adoption petition

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
The couple whose lawsuit got Alabama's same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional is headed back to court after a probate judge again refused to grant their adoption petition. [...]

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Marriage News Watch, February 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015
Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were Thursday this morning alongside their daughters in Travis County, Texas.
A few judges are still refusing to see gay and lesbian couples in Alabama. Texas has had its first lesbian marriage, and now state officials are scrambling to find a way to undo it. [...]

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Alabama chief justice Roy Moore has no regrets over same-sex marriage fight

Saturday, February 21, 2015
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Alabama's chief justice, previously best known for being removed from office for refusing to move a 5,300-pound Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building, has been thrust back into the national spotlight over his fight to block same-sex marriage from coming to Alabama. [...]

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HRC to examine if Roy Moore coordinated lawsuit against same-sex marriage

Friday, February 20, 2015
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The Human Rights Campaign filed an Alabama Open Records request on Thursday seeking government email and phone records of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to determine his role in a third-party lawsuit against marriage equality in the state. [...]

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Several Alabama counties still refusing marriage licenses for same-sex couples

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Angela Channell, right, and Dawn Hicks celebrate Friday, February 13, 2015, after becoming the first same-sex couple to apply for and receive a marriage license from Tuscaloosa County in Alabama. The county began issuing licenses to same-sex couples four days after a federal judge's ruling went into effect.
At least 12 Alabama counties are not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. At least another six are not giving licenses to anyone, gay or straight, to avoid the appearance of discrimination. [...]

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Apple cuts ties with lobbyist, former lawmaker who opposed same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Technology giant Apple Inc., whose CEO Tim Cook, came out as gay last year, has cut ties with an Alabama lobbyist because he opposed same-sex marriage during his time as a state lawmaker and congressional candidate. [...]

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Legal maneuvering continues in Alabama over same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Lawyers have asked a federal judge to direct Attorney General Luther Strange to block an effort before the Alabama Supreme Court to put same-sex marriages on hold. [...]

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Alabama Chief Justice says he’ll defy a Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage

Monday, February 16, 2015
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Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore said Sunday that if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, he would defy the ruling because it would alter God’s “organic law.” [...]

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