More Alabama counties start granting gay marriage licenses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More Alabama counties are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after a federal judge’s latest order.

Probate courts in at least two counties — Tuscaloosa and Lee — reversed course and began issuing gay marriage licenses Friday.

In January, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. A few counties began issuing licenses this week when a hold on the ruling expired.

But Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told state probate judges that the federal ruling didn’t apply to them and that it was an intrusion on Alabama’s sovereignty.

Some judges refused to grant gay marriage licenses or to open licensing offices at all.

On Thursday, Granade ruled that Mobile County had to issue the licenses, signaling to counties statewide that they should follow suit.

So far, about a third of the state’s 67 counties have issued same-sex marriage licenses.

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