We Won a Thing in The South, Y’all: Same-Sex Couples Begin Marrying in Alabama

This morning, Alabama became the 37th state to allow same-sex marriage when several counties opened their courthouses and began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

In January, United States District Court Judge Callie Granade ruled that Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, but granted a two-week stay to give the state time to appeal the ruling to the United States Supreme Court. Late last night, on the eve of the stay’s expiration, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore forbade local probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses, but this morning when SCOTUS refused to intervene and uphold the stay, courthouses around the state — from Birmingham to Montgomery to Huntsville — began marrying the gay couples who were lined up outside their doors.

If you want to get weepy, watch this video of the first lesbian couple to be married in Montgomery County, where only one single person showed up to protest.

The United States Supreme Court’s unwillingness to intervene in Alabama (and Florida and Virginia and Utah and Oklahoma and Wisconsin and Indiana, where similar situations have been playing out since October) bodes well for the broader ruling the court is expected to issue later this year when it will hear cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, the only states where federal appeals courts have blocked same-sex marriages. The message seems to be that SCOTUS will not step in when same-sex marriages are allowed, only when they are blocked.

Even Clarence Thomas agrees that the writing is on the wall. In his dissent this morning, he wrote: “In this case, the court refuses even to grant a temporary stay when it will resolve the issue at hand in several months… This acquiescence may well be seen as a signal of the Court’s intended resolution of that question.”

Here you go, feel even happier:

It really is all happening, y’all!

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Shante and Tori are my new favorite Celesbians.
    Also yay for the writing on the wall!!!!! The south is either gonna catch up or be forced to. Lookin at you, Texas.

  2. Being that I’ve spent my entire life in Florida and Alabama, this makes me ecstatic. Too bad I don’t have anyone to marry anymore. Maybe one day though…

  3. it was lovely to see so many people show support in birmingham too! hopefully the counties that shut down today will be forced to issue licenses tomorrow!

  4. Wonderful news! And yes, those photos did make me feel even happier, thank you. Congrats to the newlywed couples in Alabama today!

  5. ROLL TIDE!!!!

    Wait, what is this article about?

    . . . OH. This is great news. Victories in the South are excellent.

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