Marshall, Jackson counties cease marriage ceremonies, plan to issue licenses Monday

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall and Jackson Counties will no longer be performing marriage ceremonies and as of Thursday, both counties will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Monday.

Marshall County Probate Judge Tim Mitchell says his office made the decision to cease performing marriage ceremonies due to the heavy workload already in place.

He says as of Thursday, his office plans to issue same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, unless developments occur in regard to the case.

Jackson County stopped performing marriage ceremonies last month. The office mirrors Marshall County in saying the workload in existence is significant, and says staffing issues are causing a strain on everyday duties. Probate Judge Victor Manning says his ultimate goal is to serve the people of Jackson County as they deserve to be served.

Manning says last year they performed 359 ceremonies. He says on Monday, they plan to issue the license unless other legal developments take place.

We’ve reached out to DeKalb County’s office, but we have not heard back yet.

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