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US supreme court won't stop Alabama's first same-sex marriages

Source: 
The Guardian
Author: 
Amanda Holpuch
Date: 
Monday, February 9, 2015

"Same-sex couples in Alabama were flocking to the state’s courthouses, where some were able to apply for marriage licenses while others were turned away by probate judges refusing to follow a higher court’s ruling to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.

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Richard Levy, a constitutional law professor at the University of Kansas, told The Guardian that it will likely be some time before all probate judges have to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

'It’s not 100% clear that their hand can be forced until there is a definitive supreme court ruling,' Levy said. 'Once there is a definitive supreme court ruling, then that becomes binding throughout the country.'”