Gay rights advocates in Alabama sue for right to marriage licenses

Supporters of same-sex marriage hold a rainbow flag and a rainbow umbrella outside Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham

Gay rights advocates in Alabama have asked a U.S. judge to force a local judge to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Tuesday, a day after officials in most of the state refused to grant the licenses in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawyers for the couples filed suit against Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis late on Monday and were working to add additional plaintiffs to the suit on Tuesday, said David Kennedy, an attorney for the plaintiffs. Mobile County, home to Mobile, the state’s third-largest city, was the most populous of those refusing to provide marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, and Kennedy said Granade could apply her order to other counties. Advocates said they hoped U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade, a President George W. Bush appointee who struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional in a ruling that took effect on Monday, would make a swift ruling in the latest lawsuit.

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