Essay Provided by The Freedom to Marry
Alabama, USA. February 2015
On February 9, 2015, Alabama became the 37th state with the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Hundreds of couples have lined up to say “I do” in front of friends, family and celebratory crowds. The beginning of marriages for gay couples has not been without challenges.
Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has urged probate judges to defy the federal court order stating that marriage licenses be issued to gay couples. As of Friday afternoon, at least 40 of the 67 probate judges in Alabama were issuing marriage licenses, or would begin issuing licenses on Monday, to same-sex couples. Despite the efforts of Judge Moore, gay couples will soon be able to marry across the entire state.
This Valentine’s Day, these couples in Birmingham, Alabama couples are celebrating the fact that at long last they are able to legally wed and have their marriages respected in their home state.