GAY COUPLES ASK JUDGE TO MAKE COUNTIES COMPLY WITH RULING
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawyer for gay couples across Alabama has asked a federal judge to force reluctant probate judges to comply with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marry.
Shannon Minter, legal director of National Center for Lesbian Rights, said Tuesday that every probate judge is now required to issue marriage licenses on an “equal basis.”
Minter filed a motion Monday asking U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade to issue a permanent injunction directing probate judges to issue the licenses. Granade issued a preliminary injunction in May, but put the order on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.
Minter said the next step is to seek court sanctions against judges who continue to discriminate against gay couples..