Roy Moore orders probate judges to not issue same-sex marriage licenses

Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court addresses a Pro-Life Mississippi and a Pastors for Life pastors luncheon in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Moore told the attendees that he cannot separate his faith from his job as chief justice and continues to oppose abortion and same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Late Sunday night Alabama’s Chief Justice, Roy Moore, released an order asking probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting on Monday.

Moore claims that all probate judges are part of Alabama’s united judicial system, and despite the recent denial of Attorney General Luther Strange’s appeal of a federal judge’s decision to strike down the ban on same sex marriage, Moore says probate judges are bound by state laws not federal ones. In his release Moore says that if probate judges do issue marriage licenses to gay couples, they could open themselves up to prosecution.

To read the full release from Moore, click here >>> Moore Order to Ala Probate Judges

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