Federal Judge Orders Alabama Judges To Issue Marriage Licenses
July 1, 2015

So we should find out soon just how lawless they plan to be in Alabama:

A federal judge has issued an order directed at all probate judges in the state — who are responsible for issuing marriage licenses — that they can no longer decline to issue licenses to gay couples.

The order Tuesday morning from Judge Callie Granade is intended to resolve any lingering questions about what the officials are legally required to do.

It follows months of back-and-forth between state and federal judges. Confusion arose in February after Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has authored several letters against federal courts overturning gay marriage bans, issued an order telling probate judges not to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. \

Moore argued same-sex marriage was "invalid" in Alabama, though Granade had initially struck down the state's gay marriage ban in late January.

A number of Alabama counties continued refusing to comply even after Granade's ruling.

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