- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A probate judge has asked the Alabama Supreme Court for an order protecting him and other officials who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

AL.com reports (https://bit.ly/1Oxgf1t ) that Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams requested the protective order Wednesday afternoon.

Attorney Jack B. Hinton filed the petition on Williams’ behalf. Hinton says the action came after Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Lawmakers did not have enough votes Tuesday to pass a proposal to do away with state-issued marriage licenses.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the judge is asking for an order to protect him if he refuses to issue licenses, not protect him from refusing.

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