Probate Court Windows Open to All Couples in Mobile County

In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, the windows at Mobile County Probate Court finally opened to all couples seeking marriage licenses.

A lesbian couple, Julie and Dottie, were first in line, inches away from the court’s windows to apply for a marriage license shortly before 11:00am.

The windows had stayed closed for over an hour after the federal ruling was handed down, but eventually, they opened.

At Baldwin County Probate Court, no marriage licenses will be issued to any couples — straight or gay — until Judge Tim Russell analyzes the federal order, which likely won’t be until Monday morning.

Same-sex couples have been refused marriage licenses in most of the counties in Alabama (including Mobile and Baldwin) since the Alabama Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in March.

marriage-license-noticeWe also checked with Washington County probate judge Nick Williams.  He was one of the first judges to say they would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier this year and remained defiant as federal court rulings seemed to indicate all probate courts should issue gay marriage licenses.

Williams has posted a notice outside the probate court office saying they are analyzing the SCOTUS decision and, for the time being, will not issue marriage licenses to anyone.

News 5 is checking with other counties to see where they stand in wake of the federal ruling.  Tune in to News 5 at Noon for the very latest.

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