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Same-sex couples denied family passes for Opelika Parks & Rec programs

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - The marriage debate has sparked controversy at the local level in Lee County, Ala.

Some are upset that same-sex couples cannot sign up for family memberships at Opelika's Parks and Rec programs even if they were married when gay marriage was legal in the state.

Opelika officials say they're just following the law.

"Nothing's changed," said Sam Bailey, director of Opelika Parks and Recreation. "Nothing from our standpoint has changed at all. We're simply trying to follow the law. And of course as you know now the law flip flops around a little bit based on what judge says what. We're like everyone else. We're simply waiting ‘til the Supreme Court sets down the policy and then we'll follow it."

The city of Auburn is also not recognizing same-sex marriages.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide this summer whether denial of same-sex marriage rights violates the U.S. Constitution.

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