Alabama: Judge Reverses Course And Issues 14-Day Stay On Marriage Ruling

Alabama: Judge Reverses Course And Issues 14-Day Stay On Marriage Ruling

Late Sunday evening, U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade issued a 14-day stay on her Friday ruling which struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban down the state’s gay marriage ban, just hours before it went into effect.

From WIAT in Birmingham, Alabama:

The court’s ruling states that Attorney General Luther Strange (pictured) has not shown enough cause for an indefinite stay, but is allowing the Attorney General time to present his arguments to the Eleventh Circuit Court.

If the Eleventh Circuit Court fails to act during the 14-day delay, the order will be lifted February 9th.

So now, the Attorney General heads to the 11th Circuit Court (which has not addressed same-sex marriage yet) to ask for a longer or indefinite stay. Attorney General Luther Strange issued a statement saying he would have preferred to wait until SCOTUS ruled on the issue this summer, but will now have time to prepare a request to the 11th Circuit.

Amid all this, the Alabama Probate Judges Association has also thrown it’s own wrench into marriage equality by issuing an “opinion” that the ruling only refers to the plaintiffs and not state wide.

The plaintiffs have now asked Judge Granade to clarify as to the scope of the ruling in response to the Probate Judges Association.