Some local officials in Alabama have stopped issuing marriage licenses entirely rather than give them to same-sex couples.
In many Alabama counties, marriage licenses are distributed by local officials known as probate judges. These officials are not technically judges and may have other duties, such as dealing with land records, licensing automobiles and overseeing elections.
National Public Radio (NPR) reported recently that some probate judges have left the marriage license business in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 decision upholding marriage equality.
"I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and firmly believe that biblical worldview," Wes Allen, a probate judge in Pike County, said. "And I couldn't put my signature on a marriage license that I knew not to be marriage."
According to NPR, at least 12 Alabama probate judges have followed suit. The officials cite a loophole in Alabama's marriage laws that says that probate...