By Associated Press - Monday, March 16, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge is not backing off her order to an Alabama probate judge that he must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade on Monday refused to stay her order to Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis.

Judge Granade in January ruled that Alabama’s gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional and told Judge Davis that he could not refuse to issue marriage licenses because of a couple’s sexual orientation.

The Alabama Supreme Court, however, issued a ruling earlier this month telling all probate judges to refuse to issue the licenses.

Judge Granade said the “overwhelming consensus” of courts across the country is that the bans are unconstitutional.

Following the state Supreme Court decision, Judge Davis shut down all marriage-license operations altogether to avoid running afoul of either order.

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