John M. Becker

Alabama Marriage Ruling Stayed for Two Weeks

Filed By John M. Becker | January 26, 2015 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Alabama, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, stay order

alabama.jpgThere won't be any same-sex couples getting married in Alabama today -- last night, the judge who struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment stayed her ruling for two weeks to give the state time to appeal to the 11th Circuit.

CBS News reports:

U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade refused the Alabama attorney general's request to put her ruling on indefinite hold until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the decision of same-sex marriage later this year. However, Granade did issue a 14-day stay to give the state time to appeal her decision to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Granade said it was inappropriate, in her view, to put the decision on permanent hold.

"As long as a stay is in place, same-sex couples and their families remain in a state of limbo with respect to adoption, child care and custody, medical decisions, employment and health benefits, future tax implications, inheritance and many other rights associated with marriage," she wrote.

If it's not extended by the court, Judge Granade's stay expires on February 9. In December, the 11th Circuit denied a similar stay request from the state of Florida -- but that was before the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would take up the issue this spring, which would likely set up a national resolution on marriage equality by the end of June.

For now, same-sex couples in Alabama continue to wait for the freedom to marry.

A copy of Judge Granade's stay order is after the break, via Equality Case Files.

1:14-cv-00208 #59 Stay Order by Equality Case Files

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