After Months of Turmoil, Same-sex Couples Still Denied Right to Marry in Alabama

by HRC Staff

MONTGOMERY— Today, HRC Alabama confirmed that no probate office in the state is distributing certificates of marriage to same-sex couples. Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and anti-equality forces, like the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, have put Alabama probate judges in a state of unnecessary confusion. As a result, many probate judges have chosen to halt same-sex marriages until the United State Supreme Court decides the matter later this year.

“Despite reduced coverage of the legal back-and-forth surrounding Alabama’s unconstitutional ban on marriage, Alabamians should not ignore the fact that full marriage equality is not accessible in the state,” said HRC Vice President of Communications and Marketing Fred Sainz. “But we are confident that the United States Supreme Court will be on the right side of history and affirm all same-sex couples have the legal right to marry.”

Counties issuing to same-sex couples



Counties not issuing any licenses to anyone

Pike, Mobile, Dallas, Coosa


Counties only issuing to straight couples

Autagua, Baldwin, Barbour, Bullock, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dekalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Russell, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox, Winston, Bibb, Chambers, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Covington, Escambia, Geneva, Houston, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Pickens, Shelby, Walker, Washington, Randolph


As of 4-13-15

Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of marriage equality in Searcy v. Strange, striking down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment that banned same-sex couples from marrying. Since then, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has campaigned vocally against marriage equality.

HRC Alabama is working to advance equality for LGBT Alabamians who have no state or municipal level protections in housing, workplace, or public accommodations; and legal state recognition for their relationships and families. Through HRC Alabama, we are working toward a future of fairness every day—changing hearts, minds and laws toward achieving full equality.


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