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Monday, February 9, 2015

Marriage News Watch, 2/9/15

Matt Baume of the American Foundation for Equal Rights reports:

Despite Matt's drama-queen talk of federal troopers swooping in to crush the Alabama rebels, this morning's news from the Heart of Dixie is much less dramatic:

Same-sex couples marry in Alabama after U.S. Supreme Court refuses stay

Text of Supreme Court order denying stay of Alabama marriages

Same-sex couples marry in some Alabama counties: Live updates from across the state

Updated marriage map from Wikipedia; click here for legend.

Update, 12:45 p.m.: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has issued a statement:
I am disappointed that a single Federal court judge disregarded the vote of the Alabama people to define marriage as between a man and woman. . . .

This issue has created confusion with conflicting direction for Probate Judges in Alabama. Probate Judges have a unique responsibility in our state, and I support them. I will not take any action against Probate Judges, which would only serve to further complicate this issue.

We will follow the rule of law in Alabama, and allow the issue of same sex marriage to be worked out through the proper legal channels.

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