Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry

The decision was put on hold decision on hold until the US Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.

By: Associated Press | Montgomery | Published:May 22, 2015 9:42 am
Gays and Lesbians, Gay marriage, Alabama's gay marriage, Gay couples, Ban on gay marriage, same-sex marriage, David Diniell, U.S District Judge Callie Granade Gay couples married for three weeks until the state Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop.

A federal judge has ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the US Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.

US District Judge Callie Granade said Thursday that Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and enjoined probate judges from enforcing it. However, she stayed enforcement of her order citing the expected decision this summer.

Granade in January ruled that Alabama’s gay marriage ban was illegal. Gay couples married for three weeks until the state Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop.

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The latest ruling came in a class-action lawsuit by gay couples across the state.

David Dinielli, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, called the ruling a definitive victory for gay marriage.

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