Alabama lifts its same-sex marriage ban but weddings are on standby

Alabama lifts its same-sex marriage ban but weddings are on standby

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Same-sex couples in Alabama are one day closer to legally marrying their life partners.

The same-sex marriage ban in Alabama was lifted by a federal judge last week, but these couples won't be able to marry until the temporary stay on the decision is lifted by the 11th Circuit of appeals.

Emily Bel, Pastor of Forgiving Heart Church, said half of her congregation lives in East Alabama.

She added this would be great, just in time for Valentine's Day and great for the local economy.

"The economy is missing out on money from wedding cakes, wedding dresses, tuxedos, and florist," Bel said.

She said she wants to see Georgia making the same type of decisions.

"This is a human rights issue, and I believe it is unconstitutional to segregate and discriminate against certain people in society, making them second class citizens. We can pay our taxes but we can't get married," Bel said.

Pastor Colley Williams said he expected Alabama to be the last state to legalize same-sex marriage.

"It's our God-given right, this is a free country and were supposed to have freedom," he said.

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court is set to determine whether gay couples have the constitutional right to get married, or if states can ban same-sex marriage later this year.

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