Alabama became the latest state to allow gay marriage on Monday, as the U.S. Supreme Court and probate judges in the state rejected efforts by Alabama officials to delay issuing licenses and performing weddings.
Early Monday morning, the Supreme Court struck down Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s attempt to delay gay marriages in the state until the high court takes up the issue at the national level next year. The bid was overturned in a 7-2 vote, with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissenting.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, probate judges ignored an order from Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court to deny marrying same-sex couples, and began performing weddings and issuing marriage licenses.
“I want to thank everyone for finally giving us the chance to live our life like everybody else,” said Joe Babin, who had lined up outside of a Birmingham courthouse to marry his partner, Clay Jones, according to the New York Times.
Judge Callie V. Granade of the Federal District Court in Alabama ruled in January that the ban on gay marriage in the state was unconstitutional, but held off on issuing an order until Monday to give the state time to appeal. Moore wrote in his Sunday night order that state judges were not bound to Granade’s decision, but it was clear Monday morning that marriage equality had arrived.
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