Judge: Marriage licenses should be issued to gay couples
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Gay marriage is inching closer to becoming a reality in Alabama as a federal judge has ruled that probate judges have a constitutional duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Alabama Probate Judges Association issued new advice after reviewing the judge's clarification order that was issued Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Callie Granade last week ruled the ban unconstitutional. She put her order on hold for 14 days to let the state appeal.
Monroe County Probate Judge Greg Norris says no licenses will be issued to same-sex couples as long as the order is on hold. However, same sex couples may apply for marriage licenses if the stay is lifted.
Granade's ruling, if it stands, would make Alabama the 37th state where gay marriage is permitted.