(MOBILE, Ala.) — As confusion continues in Alabama over same-sex marriage, the federal judge who determined that the ban on these nuptials was unconstitutional will decide whether some probate court judges must grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples despite their objections.
Judge Callie V.S. Granade of Federal District Court in Mobile will hear arguments on whether to order the judges to abide by her order to issue licenses that was backed up by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Alabama’s chief justice, Roy S. Moore, an ardent opponent of homosexuals getting legally married, told judges in the state to ignore Granade’s order, which many have done.
Theoretically, Alabama is the 37th state to allow same-sex marriages, but since the law went into effect last Monday, many couples have been blocked from getting licenses, including in Mobile, the second-most populated county.
At least one member of Congress has spoken out about the controversy in Alabama, although not directly.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a supporter of traditional marriage, maintained that the issue will likely be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court this spring and that “states are going to have to comply with whatever that ruling is,” which he predicted will likely be in favor of same-sex marriage.
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