Several Probate Judges across the state say they will not perform same-sex weddings once they become legal Monday, because of their religious beliefs.
This now includes Cherokee County – on Saturday WEIS Radio News spoke to Cherokee County Probate Judge Kirk Day who informed us that as of Monday the Probate Office will no longer perform Marriage Ceremonies, Judge Day said that he will issue wedding licenses to those that qualify but will not perform the ceremony.
On Monday, Alabama will become the 37th state where gays can legally wed per a Federal Judges order unless the U.S. Supreme Court orders a last-minute stay of a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put aside the judge’s order since justices are expected to decide the issue of gay marriage on a nationwide basis later this year. As of Saturday, the high court had not ruled on the request.
Alabama voters in 2006 approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage by a 4-to-1 margin.