Federal judge says gay-marriage bans are unconstitutional
17 March 2015, 11:27
A federal judge is not backing off her order to an Alabama probate judge that
he must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
District Judge Callie Granade on Monday refused to stay her order to Mobile
County Probate Judge Don Davis. Granade in January ruled that Alabama's
gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional and told Davis that he could not refuse
licenses because of a couple's sexual orientation.
Alabama Supreme Court, however, issued a ruling earlier this month telling all
probate judges to refuse to issue the licenses.
said the "overwhelming consensus" of courts across the country is
that the bans are unconstitutional.
the state Supreme Court decision, Davis shut down all marriage-license
operations altogether in Mobile County to avoid running afoul of either order.