- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - At least one probate judge is following Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s advice not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Covington County Probate Judge Ben Bowden issued a statement Friday that he will not issue the licenses to same-sex couples. Bowden says he does not believe a decision of a federal judge overturning the state gay marriage ban requires him to do so.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled the ban unconstitutional. In a clarification order, she said probate judges have a legal duty to issue the licenses.

Bowden said he respected Granade’s ruling but noted the conflicting advice by Moore to reject the licenses.

Same-sex weddings will begin Monday unless the U.S. Supreme Court grants the Alabama attorney general’s request to put Granade’s ruling on hold.


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