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Alabama county's refusal to wed gays goes to federal court

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge in Alabama says she will rule "soon" on three gay couples' request that she force a probate judge to issue a marriage license in Mobile County.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade held the brief hearing Thursday. She did not indicate exactly when she would rule.

Granade held the hearing amid confusion in Alabama, as many probate judges there refused to issue the licenses after state Chief Justice Roy Moore said they didn't have to.

Moore gave his order even though Granade overturned the state's ban last month and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop gay marriages from beginning Monday.

At least 22 of Alabama's 67 counties are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

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