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Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:41

Alabama Judges Use Segregation Law For Not Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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In 1961, Alabama legislators changed the marriage law  to make the issuing of marriage licenses optional for counties, a way for them to preserve racial segregation by restricting mixed-race marriages.

Today, this law is used in the state again to oppose marriages between same-sex people.

It would appear that in at least nine out of the sixty-seven counties that account Alabama, probate judges have used this segregation law for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses because it is still valid, even if it has been somewhat forgotten in recent decades.

This law includes the following sentence: «marriage licenses may be issued by the judges of probate of the several counties.» (read «may be issued» as a non-obligation to do so).


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