ALABAMA (WAFF) - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta has rejected the State of Alabama's request to issue a stay pending an appeal of the State's
. This means gay marriages in Alabama will begin Feb. 9.
Stay denied (PDF)
The state asked the Court of Appeals to issue the stay until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue later this year.
The Alabama Attorney General argued not issuing a stay could cause confusion and conflict. Plaintiffs have asked Judge Granade to lift her stay following the 11th Circuit Court's decision. This was filed today in Mobile.
A U.S. District Court judge denied a lesbian couple's motion Tuesday to immediately lift the stay on a ruling that struck down Alabama's ban on gay marriage.
Opposition to plaintiffs' motion to lift stay
The stay is set to expire Monday, but U.S. District Judge Callie Granade said in her ruling Tuesday the stay will remain in place until that date unless the Supreme Court issues a stay or makes a ruling.
Attorney General Luther Strange requested an appeal of the 11th Circuit Court's denial of a stay to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also issued a statement Tuesday, saying in part, "The confusion that has been created by the District Court's ruling could linger for months until the U.S. Supreme Court resolves this issue once and for all."