Limestone, Morgan & Lawrence County probate judges to issue marriage licenses to all couples

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – New developments Tuesday in the legal fight over gay marriage in Alabama.  Three more counties in north Alabama will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, WHNT News 19 has learned.

Probate judges in Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties say they will issue marriage licenses to traditional and same-sex couples starting today.

“I have said repeatedly over the last couple of weeks when asked that our office will comply with the law,” said Limestone County Probate Judge Charles Woodruff.  “Upon researching the current state of the law, and following discussions with the county attorney, the probate office of Limestone County will resume accepting applications and issuing marriage licenses immediately.  That includes accepting applications and issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

Morgan County Probate Judge Greg Cain and Lawrence County Probate Judge Michael Praytor both said they made the decision based on similar conversations with their respective county attorneys.

On Monday, Madison and Etowah counties were the only two in north Alabama to issue marriage licenses to all couples.

A check by The Associated Press shows at least 19 of the state’s 67 counties were allowing same-sex marriages as Tuesday afternoon.

Some probate offices still aren’t issuing licenses, including Mobile County. A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Thursday afternoon on a request by gay couples to force Mobile to issue same-sex licenses.

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