Local officials deny same-sex marriage licenses again

by News Editor Ashley Remkus

It’s the same story again — almost.

Courthouse officials at Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin counties said Wednesday local probate judges have stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Officials from the Human Rights Campaign indicated they were unable to confirm any Alabama judges were providing the licenses.

The judges got an order to stop issuing to gay couples March 3.

The Alabama Supreme Court, which issued the order, said the previous federal ruling lifting the state’s gay marriage ban does not trump state law.

Alabama law states marriage is between one man and one woman.

Prior to the state court’s mandate, 48 of Alabama’s 67 counties followed a federal judge ruling to issue marriage licenses to all couples.