ALABAMA: Federal Judge Won't Lift Ruling Ordering Mobile County To Issue Licenses
An order instructing Mobile County's probate judge to issue marriage license to gays will remain in effect, a federal judge ruled Monday. Attorneys for Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis had asked U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade to put that order on hold in light of a subsequent contradictory ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court. That court later specifically ruled that Davis, too, is bound by its ruling that same-sex couples should not get marriage licenses until after the U.S. Supreme Court settles the issue.See the motion denial here. It's unknown what will happen today in Mobile County.
"Although the court would agree that the developments in these same-sex marriage cases has at times seemed dizzying, the court finds that Judge Davis has not shown that a stay is warranted," Granade wrote. That leaves Davis caught between conflicting orders of two different courts. His attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment. The Mobile County marriage license office has been closed to all couples - gay and straight - since March 4.