Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
An order issued by the Alabama Supreme Court today has caused confusion over Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Today’s state Supreme Court order says parties involved in an earlier federal challenge on same-sex marriage have 25 days to ask for a rehearing on the issue. Some believed that meant all probate judges in Alabama could stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses during that appeals period. In Calhoun County, the probate office began issuing marriage licenses to all couples just before lunch today, After Friday’s high court decision, the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama issued advice for all counties to temporarily suspend issuing marriage licenses to anyone until 10:00 a.m. today. We caught up with the first same-sex couple to apply for and receive their marriage license in Calhoun County. They told us they’ve waited on this day for about 13 years. Before last week’s ruling, Alabama was one of 14 states still banning marriage between same-sex couples.