Post submitted by Ianthe Metzger, HRC Communications Coordinator 

For weeks, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore has taken every measure possible -- bordering a flagrant disregard of Alabama law -- to block loving, committed same-sex couples like Sission and Wolfe from marrying today.

In a last ditch effort late last night -- and a clear violation of all codes of legal ethics, boundaries of jurisdiction, and moral decency, Chief Justice Moore issued an order commanding all probate judges in the state to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Join HRC in urging the Judicial Inquiry Commission to take action against Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore: he has acted unethically and overstepped his authority to the detriment of the people of Alabama — both straight and LGBT. Read and sign the petition now.

While some of the 67 county courthouses have opened their doors to same-sex couples looking to marry today, many are still turning couples away at the door.

Monday: 54 counties refused to issue licenses to loving, committed same-sex couples:

Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clarke, Cleburne, Clay, Colbert, Conecuh,  Coosa, Covington, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Escambia, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Monroe, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Claire, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox and Winston. Bullock reported no applications received. 

Late Monday night, Autauga began issuing licenses, bringing the total to 53 counties by the end of the day. 

Tuesday: 46 counties refused to issue licenses: 

Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, DeKalb, Escambia, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lee, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Washington. 

Wednesday 9:32 am: 44 counties are refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples

Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, DeKalb, Escambia, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lee, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Washington.

HRC is still working to confirm whether Chambers is issuing licenses today. 

Wednesday 9:48 am: Jackson begins issuing licenses. 

HRC Writer Jane Coaston learned at 9:48 am that Jackson County will begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples. The following 44 counties are still refusing: 

Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, DeKalb, Escambia, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lee, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Washington.

HRC staff is still working to confirm the situation in Chambers County. 

Wednesday 12:10 pm: Crenshaw is issuing licenses. 

HRC Staff has confirmed that Crenshaw is issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Of the 43 counties not issuing licenses, 15 counties are only denying licenses to same-sex couples:

Baldwin, Clay,Cleburne,Covington,DeKalb, Escambia, Greene,Lee, Macon,=Marengo,Pickens,Shelby,Sumter,Tuscaloosa,&Washington

And 28 counties not issuing licenses to straight or same-sex couples: 

Barbour, Bibb,Blount, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clarke,Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dale, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Hale, Henry, Houston, Lamar, Lauderdale, Mario, Marshall, Mobile, Pike, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa,Walker

HRC staff is still working to confirm the situation in Chambers County.

The following 23 counties are issuing to same-sex couples: 

Autauga,Bullock,Butler,Calhoun,Chilton,Coffee, Conecuh,Crenshaw,Dallas, Elmore,Etowah,Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Wilcox,Winston

Wednesday 2:00 pm: HRC confirms Chambers is only issuing to straight couples.

23 counties are issuing to all couples: Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chilton, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Wilcox and Winston.

16 counties are issuing to only straight couples: Baldwin, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne. Covington, Dekalb, Escambia, Greene, Lee, Macon, Marengo, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Washington.

28 counties not issuing licenses to any couples: Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clarke, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dale, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Hale, Henry, Houston, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Pike, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Walker.

Wednesday 3:00 pm: 26 counties not issuing licenses to same-sex or straight couples

23 issuing to all couples: Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chilton, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Limestone, Lowndes, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Wilcox and Winston.

18 issuing only straight couples: Baldwin, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Covington, DeKalb, Escambia, Greene, Lee, Macon, Marengo, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, St. Clair, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Washington

26 counties refuse to issue licenses to same-sex or straight couples: Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clarke, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dale, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Hale, Henry, Houston, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marion, Marshall, Mobile, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Tallapoosa, Walker

Stay tuned to HRC as we continue to monitor the news in Alabama.


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