~~February 9, 2015~~
STATE #37 … 13 STATES TO GO
Same-Sex Marriages Proceed in Alabama as State Judge’s Order Is Defied
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Amid conflicting signals from federal courts and the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, some Alabama counties began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday, February 9, in a legal showdown with echoes of the battles over desegregation in the 1960’s.
In major county seats like Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville, gay couples lined up outside courthouses as they opened, and emerged smiling, licenses in hand, after being wed by clerks or by the judges themselves.
At the Jefferson County Courthouse here, Judge Michael G. Graffeo of Circuit Court officiated, at times tearfully, at the civil wedding of Dinah McCaryer and Olanda Smith, the first to emerge from the crowd of same-sex couples who lined up Monday morning. “I now pronounce Olanda and Dinah are married spouses, entitled to all rights and privileges, as well as all responsibilities, afforded and placed upon them by the State of Alabama,” Judge Graffeo said.
The freedom to marry in Alabama!
It’s going to be an exciting day for the freedom to marry in Alabama!
A federal judge’s stay in favor of the freedom to marry expires today, Monday, February 9, ushering in the freedom to marry state-wide in Alabama. As news comes in today from Alabama – including wedding photos, clarifying orders from the U.S. Supreme Court or federal judge Granade, etc. – Freedom to Marry and Equality Alabama will be updating this live blog, embedding tweets, reporting on the latest news and sharing photos.
You should also follow along on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ALMarriage!
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~Alabama: All Families Deserve Respect~
~Published on Jan 31, 2015~
Freedom to Marry is running this TV in Alabama to highlight the urgent needed for the freedom to marry in the state.
For more information on our campaign to win marriage nationwide, go to http://www.freedomtomarry.org.
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