Same Sex Marriage is now the law in Alabama however in response to that order, a number of probate judges across the state have announced they will no longer conduct ceremonies – and as of late Sunday night, a new twist has been added, at least in some areas.
WEIS Radio spoke with Cherokee County Probate Judge Kirk Day who had this to say about the situation:
Judge Day had planned to issue marriage licenses – despite the fact that he would no longer be conducting ceremonies, however that all changed Sunday night:
Again no marriage licenses are currently being issued in Cherokee County however you can still fill out an application.
Day says he feels confident that the issues will be ironed out in a timely manner.
According to a report from al.com, officials in nine of Alabama’s 67 counties will be issuing licenses to same-sex couples in accordance with the ruling by a federal judge.
Probate judges in a number of counties – Jefferson, Montgomery, Madison, Etowah, Fayette, Chilton, Coffee, Lowndes and Crenshaw – say they are prepared to issue licenses to couples – gay or straight.
A dozen counties have chosen to follow that order issued by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore not to issue licenses to same-sex couples; and officials have continued to issue licenses to straight couples ONLY in DeKalb, Blount, Talladega, Cleburne, Randolph, Elmore, Lee, Russell, Sumpter, Wilcox, Washington and Baldwin counties.
Probate judges in most counties have chosen to take the same stance as Cherokee County – by not issuing ANY licenses while awaiting legal clarification on the matter.
Judge Day has informed WEIS Radio News that he will be issuing a press release regarding procedures in Cherokee County once a clear decision has been made by the courts.
(Information provided in part by al.com/www.al.com)