Court won't stay ruling overturning gay marriage ban
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal appeals court order has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin next week in Alabama, with the panel refusing to stay a decision overturning the state's ban.
On Tuesday, the three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's request for the stay.
U.S. District Judge Callie Granade last month ruled that two Alabama laws prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages unconstitutional. Granade put a hold on her order until Monday to let the state appeal.
David Kennedy, a lawyer for a Mobile couple who challenged the ban, has asked Granade to lift the stay immediately instead of waiting.
Strange's office didn't immediately comment. Strange had sought to keep Granade's order on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue.