The south may be a place of tradition and known as the “Bible Belt,” but some officials appear to be observing that time is changing and the countries norms are being altered.
A federal judge has decided that it was time to lift the ban on same sex marriages in Alabama.
U.S. District Judge Callie Granade, made the decision Thursday that allowed same sex couples to be given marriage licenses.
While the officials in Mobile Alabama, have allowed this new policy to take place, other gay couples in surrounding counties are still unable to obtain the required legal documentation to be wed by the state.
Jude Granade, is insisting that Probate Court Judge, Don Davis should follow by example and not to concern himself with the order from the Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore who opposes the idea of gay marriage.
This appears to be a new trend of cases that have been occurring in Alabama, where judges are choosing to follow their own decisions while neglecting previously placed protocols on the subject. This has allowed certain communities like that of Birmingham to hand out the certificates; while other gay couples are being forced to turn away in other parts of the state.
J.Michael Druhan is a lawyer in the county where most gay couples were rejected, putting the scenario in perspective for those who do not understand Probate Judge Don Davis decision, and compared the scenario to that of a U.S. soldier who has stepped on a Vietnamese mine. He states, “If he stands there and does nothing, the snipers are going to shoot him in the head. If he moves, the mine’s going to blow him to pieces.”
While gay couples were standing in line and attempting to be lucky enough to receive a license, one lesbian Toni Quinones from Mobile, wanted to say, “We’re no different than anybody else. We deserve to be able to marry who we love, just like heterosexual couples.”
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