MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Supreme Court handed down a special ruling Tuesday, ordering a stop to the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses by probate judges.
The order addresses the confusion over same-sex marriage licenses in Alabama.
Shortly after a federal court judge ruled Alabama's ban on same-sex marriages is not constitutional, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore handed down an order banning probate judges from issuing same-sex licenses.
The probate judge in Elmore County asked the Alabama Supreme Court for guidance.
The 148-page document, in part, states:
You can read a PDF version of the full document here.
Tuesday's ruling names Madison County Judge Tommy Ragland as a respondent in the case.
Probate judges are now instructed to respond to Tuesday's order within five business days to show cause as to why they should be allowed to issue licenses.
One justice concurred in part - but concurs with the final ruling.
Only one, Justice Greg Shaw, dissented.
Susan Watson, executive director of the Alabama division of the American Civil Liberties Union, issued a statement Tuesday evening saying, "Our legal team is currently reviewing the Alabama Supreme Court's decision very carefully and we will issue a prepared statement tomorrow."
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