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Gay marriages on hold in Alabama

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama judges have been caught today between conflicting state and federal rulings. The state's highest court has told them to uphold the state ban on gay marriage, pending a final ruling by the Supreme Court. But a series of federal court rulings say otherwise.

Officials in Mobile County today said they wouldn't issue marriage licenses to anyone, for now. And a judge in Montgomery says he has to follow the order from the state's highest court -- whether or not he agrees with it.

In fact, gay rights advocates say they can't find a single county still granting licenses to same-sex couples.

Before yesterday's ruling, 48 of the state's 67 counties were acknowledging that Alabama had become the 37th U.S. state where gays can legally wed.

Supporters of same-sex marriages say there will probably be an appeal -- up to the Supreme Court, if necessary -- to block the latest state supreme court ruling.

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