Lawyers: most AL counties complying with same-sex marriage ruling

FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court was set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Gay and lesbian couples could face legal chaos if the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage in the next few weeks. Same-sex weddings could come to a halt in many states, depending on a confusing mix of lower-court decisions and the sometimes-contradictory views of state and local officials. Among the 36 states in which same-sex couples can now marry are 20 in which federal judges invoked the Constitution to strike down marriage bans. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Lawyers representing gay couples say all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land in all 50 states.

Shannon Minter of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said Thursday he knows of no Alabama counties denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, while giving them to opposite-sex couples.

However, several counties have stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether, which is allowed under law.

Civil rights groups had threatened to take the probate judges to court if they treated gay couples differently

Several counties have stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether, which is allowed under law.

Marion County, one of the holdout counties, is now willing to issue licenses.

Probate Judge Rocky Ridings says he opposes same-sex marriage, but doesn’t have an alternative. A federal judge on Wednesday said all counties have an immediate obligation to follow the ruling.

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