Over 500 Same-Sex Couples Married in Alabama
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health Department’s preliminary figures, there were at least 545 same-sex couples who married during the three weeks that gay marriage was allowed in Alabama. The tally reflects marriages that occurred February 9 to March 3. The Alabama Center for Health Statistics director, Catherine Donald, says probate courts send marriage license forms to the state after a couple marries. Gay couples began marrying in Alabama on February 9 after a federal judge overturned the state's gay marriage ban. The weddings halted on March 3 when the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing the licenses. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments April 28 regarding whether gays and lesbians have a right to marry nationwide.