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More Details: Lee Co. issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Lee County Probate Judge Bill English says Lee County issued one same-sex marriage license Friday.

English says the move to issue licenses to same sex couples came as a "direct result" of an order by Federal District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile, Ala. Thursday afternoon.

Granade ordered Mobile County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following a hearing that prompted probate judges in other counties to issue licenses that hadn't done so.

Only about one-third of the counties in the state were issuing license prior to Thursday. 

Granade overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage last month.

On Monday English did not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples since a stay on Granade's ruling was lifted the same day, citing Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered late Sunday night not to issue the licenses. 

English says he was not going to defy a direct order from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama.

Representative Patricia Todd, Alabama's first openly gay lawmaker, says the state needs to accept the ruling and move on.

"This is going to be the law of the land. We have to comply. People will adjust to it in a year or two, they'll look back on this and think, well, that was no big deal, didn't affect me one way or another," explains Todd.

Meanwhile, Alabama Representative Barry Moore has a different take. 

"As the people and we represent the people, the fact the judge has made this ruling and is really overturning the will of the people is a concern for us, and I think we'll have to look at the possibility and just get the state of Alabama out of the marriage business," says Moore.

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