Marriage News Watch: January 26, 2015

Ted Ribey with the Clerk of District Court's office in Yellowstone County attaches a seal to the wedding license of Jill Houk and Randi Paul, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Billings, Mont. At least 5 other clerks in the county are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Matthew Brown, AP

There’s a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses. Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality. And one lawmaker even wants to send clerks to jail if they issue licenses to anyone — gay or straight.

Editor’s Note: After this video went to press, U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade issued a temporary stay on Sunday of his 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. The stay expires in 14 days.

These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER). Miss any of these stories? Check the links below under “Related Articles” for full reports on the stories mentioned in this week’s video:


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