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ALABAMA: Minister Arrested After Refusing To Leave County Office Until
She Could Officiate Same-Sex Marriage

Via the Montgomery Advertiser:
An Autauga County woman was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Tuesday morning after offering to perform a same sex marriage inside the probate judge's office. Anne Susan Diprizio, of the 300 block of Cambridge Street, is charged with disorderly conduct, said Dave Hill, chief deputy of the Autauga County Sheriff's Office. She was being processed in the Autauga Metro Jail after her arrest and was unavailable for comment. Courthouse records show she doesn't have an attorney. She was being held on a bond of $1,000, Hill said.

Deputies were called to the probate office, which is located one block from the courthouse, about 10:30 a.m. Probate Judge Al Booth asked for assistance, Hill said. "Judge Booth said there was a lady in the office who wouldn't leave when he asked her to leave," Hill said. Deputies asked Diprizio to leave several times, but she refused. Capt. Tom Allen told her she was either going to leave the office or be arrested, she got up from the chair she was sitting in and kneeled in the floor. Allen handcuffed her and led her across the street to the Autauga Metro Jail.
The couple that Diprizio offered to help did get their license. They say they will travel to another county to be married. There's video at the link.

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