Thursday, 20 October 2016 22:06

At Least Eight Of Alabama Probate Judges Refuse To Issue Marriage Licenses

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In at least eight counties of Alabama, probate judges still refuse to issue marriage licenses by opposition to equal marriage.

It was confirmed that the probate judges in Autauga, Choctaw, Clarke, Cleburne, Covington, Elmore, Pike and Washington issue no marriage license at present to both same-sex and straight couples.

"There is no doubt that the counties that are not issuing licenses to anybody have taken that approach because of the same sex-marriage decision," Randall C. Marshall, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama said.

"I think there is an argument to be made that because the U.S. Supreme Court talked about marriage as a fundamental right, individuals who live in those counties and are burdened by the refusal of the probate judge to issue marriage licenses may in fact have a constitutional claim," Marshall added.

In Alabama, a federal law allows an individual not to be forced to perform wedding ceremonies.

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