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Alabama Attorney General: Same-sex weddings will lead to ‘confusion’

Nick Duffy February 9, 2015
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The Attorney General of Alabama has hit out at the Supreme Court, for refusing to stop same-sex marriages from taking place in his state today.

District court Judge Callie VS Granade struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last month, with her order taking force from today.

Alabama’s Attorney General Luther Strange had asked the US Supreme Court to stay the ruling and block the impending weddings, but the justices did not do so.

Marriages began earlier today, and a number of couples have married already.

In a scathing statement after marriages had begun, Mr Strange hit out at the Supreme Court for allowing “confusion” in the state.

He said: “In the absence of a stay, there will likely be more confusion in the coming months leading up to the Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling on the legality of same-sex marriage.

“With the lifting of the 14-day stay on Feb. 9, 2015, the U.S. District Court order remains in effect, enjoining me from enforcing Alabama’s laws against same-sex marriage in my official capacity as attorney general.

“I advise probate judges to talk to their attorneys and associations about how to respond to the ruling.”

On Sunday Roy Moore, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, ordered the state’s probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on Monday morning.

Some counties have decided not to issue licenses in accordance with Moore’s orders. Shelby County have said due to the “conflicting” rulings judges will not be issuing marriage licenses “for the immediate future.”

Related topics: alabama, attorney general, Equality, Gay, LGBT, Luther Strange, news, US, US

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