More counties issue marriage licenses

More counties issue marriage licenses
A lone protester stood outside the Morgan County Courthouse Tuesday morning. (Source: WAFF)
A lone protester stood outside the Morgan County Courthouse Tuesday morning. (Source: WAFF)

ALABAMA (WAFF) - Several more Alabama counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Tuesday.

Limestone County, Morgan County, Elmore County, and Lawrence County will now offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples as of Tuesday.

DeKalb County is issuing applications to anyone, but only giving out licenses to traditional couples. Many offices, including DeKalb, stopped selling licenses altogether to see if they would get guidance from higher up.

Probate judge Ronnie Osborn confirmed he has not received an order to issue same-sex licenses, but he has received an order not to.

A "traditional" couple was denied a license there Monday. However, Tuesday, Alex Rodas and her fiance, Oscar Mascorro, were issued a license just before noon, when the judge confirmed the policy. They were one of three couples who received marriage licenses Tuesday.

Osborn said the current policy - traditional couples issued licenses, same-sex couples receive applications - will remain in place unless the order is changed.

On Monday, several counties in Alabama issued marriage licenses, and many same-sex couples had marriage ceremonies and celebrations.

"Wedding Week" in Madison County allowed for marriage ceremonies in Huntsville's Big Spring Park. North Alabama's first same-sex couple was married there at around 11 a.m. Monday morning.

The licenses were issued Monday after Chief Justice Roy Moore's ruling Sunday telling probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Morgan County Judge Greg Cain said his legal counsel advised his office to start issuing marriage licenses to everyone.

"Based on the totality of everything that we understand on all the existing orders and how that they weigh out against each other," Cain said. "At the end of the day, it was decided that the federal order that was issued is persuasive authority to issue the licenses, and that's what we've been advised to do."

He added that the reason Morgan County didn't issue licenses to any couple Monday is that if they had only issued them to "traditional" couples, they would have been in violation of the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

The first day of licensing in Morgan County was met by a single protester.

Daniel Delancy told us as he stood in front of the county courthouse that marriage is a covenant with God, and it is not for the government to alter the biblical definition of "one man, one woman."

Some counties, including Lauderdale, Cullman, Colbert, Franklin, Jackson, and Marshall, still are not issuing licenses to same-sex couples. We will update this list as counties' status changes.

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