Alabama Must Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses: Judge

A federal judge issued an order Wednesday saying Alabama counties must abide by the Supreme Court's decision allowing same-sex marriage. The order from Judge Callie Granade follows months of back-and-forth between state and federal judges. Confusion arose in February after Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has authored several letters against federal courts overturning gay marriage bans, issued an order telling probate judges not to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore argued same-sex marriage was "invalid" in Alabama, though Granade had initially struck down the state's gay marriage ban in late January. A number of Alabama counties continued refusing to comply even after Granade's ruling. At least one judge in Alabama stopped issuing marriage licenses all together.

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