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Searcy v. Bentley

Searcy v. Bentley is a federal court challenge to Alabama’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed May 7, 2014, on behalf of a same-sex couples married in California in 2008, claiming violations of the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th amendment and the full faith and credit clause of the U.S. Constitution. The non-biological mother wanted to use Alabama’s step-parent adoption statutes to adopt the child, but the Alabama statute only allows spouses to adopt.

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Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, February 9, 2015
Eleanor Shue lifts her marriage license and yells in celebration as she and partner Jessica White emerge from the Probate Judges office after getting their marriage licenses in the Madison County Courthouse in Huntsville, Ala., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.
Alabama became the 37th U.S. state with marriage equality as same-sex couples there began getting married in a handful of counties on Monday, despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state's chief justice - an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage - ...

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

Monday, February 9, 2015
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block a federal judge's order allowing same-sex marriages in Alabama. The order came just minutes before probate courts were scheduled to open across the state, where same-sex couples were lining up to ...

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

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
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. ...

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Federal appeals court won’t block Alabama same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The Elbert P. Tuttle Courthouse in Atlanta is home to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
A federal appeals court order has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin next week in Alabama, with the panel refusing to stay a decision overturning the state's ban. ...

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Alabama governor asks appeals court to keep gay marriage ruling on hold

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is asking an appellate court to stay a judge's decision that overturned Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Alabama plaintiffs ask 11th Circuit to allow marriage victory to take effect

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Cari Searcy, left, and her wife Kim McKeand
Lawyers for Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand on Thursday asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to reject Alabama's request to place the ruling on hold for months. ...

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Federal judge: Issue same-sex marriage licenses in Alabama when stay expires

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade
The federal judge that overturned Alabama's same-sex marriage ban said state probate judges should begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples when the hold she put on her ruling expires next month. ...

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Alabama appeals decision overturning state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, January 26, 2015
Alabama state capitol in Montgomery.
Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal. ...

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Judge issues 14-day stay of order striking down Alabama gay marriage ban

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade issued the temporary stay on Sunday of her ruling striking down Alabama's gay marriage ban to allow the state to seek relief from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. ...

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Couple behind Alabama same-sex marriage challenge to refile adoption paperwork

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand, the couple whose lawsuit toppled Alabama's gay marriage ban said they are grateful, overjoyed and still a little a bit in disbelief. ...

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