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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, July 16, 2018

States May Scrap Marriage Licenses As Counties Resist Same-Sex Marriage

From ABA Journal:

Alabama resident Gary Wright II was among the gay rights activists who waged a hard-fought campaign for the right to marry in the state.

The 46-year-old Navy veteran was part of a class of plaintiffs who obtained an injunction from Senior U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade in Mobile, who ruled in early 2015 that the state’s refusal to allow same-sex couples to marry violated the constitution. In June of that year, the Supreme Court ruled on Obergefell v. Hodges, which invalidated all state bans on same-sex marriages on constitutional grounds.

But the battle in Alabama didn’t end with that decision. Instead, probate judges in at least seven of the deeply conservative state’s 67 counties are simply refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples, same-sex or heterosexual. Instead, those judges tell people who want to get married to go to other counties.

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