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ALABAMA: Majority Of 67 Counties Are Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

UPDATE:  The situation has greatly changed. See this post.

According to local media it appears that the majority of Alabama's 67 counties are issuing or prepared to issue same-sex marriage licenses. At this writing fewer than a dozen counties have confirmed that they are defying this morning's order by the Supreme Court.
Probate judges in several counties decided not to issue any marriage licenses at all - to same-sex or heterosexual couples. In some counties, including Butler County, Colbert County and Coosa County probate courts are taking marriage applications from all couples but not issuing licenses. In Coffee County, Jefferson County, Chilton County and Madison County, probate judges said they will issue marriage licenses to all couples, gay and straight, on Monday morning. Probate judges in other counties chose to follow the order issued late Sunday by Chief Justice Moore. Probate judges in Bibb County, Covington County, Cleburne County and Washington County decided not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday, but will still issue licenses to opposite-sex couples.
According to, lawyers for the plaintiffs are drafting a motion to force Mobile County to comply with the order issued by federal Judge Ginny Granade. Contrary to a report from earlier this morning, it appears that the winning plaintiffs may not have gotten their license yet. Below is an actual quote from one of the anti-gay judges.
(Image via Scott Wooledge)

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