Judge issues stay in Alabama same-sex marriage case

Judge issues stay in Alabama same-sex marriage case
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFF) - Two days after a federal judge overturned Alabama's ban on same-sex marriages, a 14-day stay has been granted on behalf of the suit's sole defendant, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

The attorney general moved for a stay of the order, pending a ruling by the United States Supreme Court on similar cases in other states. That decision was not expected until possibly June.

The order of injunction and judgement is stayed, but only for a 14-day period, to allow Strange time to file an appeal.

Court documents show that if no action is taken by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to extend or lift that stay within the time period, the stay will be lifted February 9.

The stay comes from the same federal judge who issued the ruling Friday which states that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Click here to read the court document in full (PDF).

Same-sex couples across the state were prepared to head to their local courthouses Monday to apply for marriage licenses, despite the state's association of probate judges recommending the licenses not to be issued.

Attorney General Luther Strange said he "welcomed" the judge's stay. His statement, in full:

Judge Granade's decision to grant a stay of her January 23, 2015, ruling concerning Alabama's ban on same-sex marriages is a step in the right direction,” said Attorney General Luther Strange. “While I would have preferred a longer stay to allow the matter to be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court's anticipated ruling in June, the 14-day stay allows more time for my office to prepare our stay request to the 11th Circuit Court while also affording the public time to resolve the confusion over the impact of the recent ruling.

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