Birmingham Judge Alan King is one who did not abide by the order. He issued a license to two women shortly after the United States Supreme Court denied the Alabama attorney general’s request. The probate judge told the Times that he was abiding by Granade’s order.
But Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams released a “declaration in support of marriage” in which he said he would “only issue marriage licenses and solemnize ceremonies consistent with Alabama law and the U.S. Constitution; namely, between one man and one woman only, so help me God,” the Times reported, who added:
One activist threatened legal action against resisting judges. The Times reported:
Reached by telephone late Sunday night, Ben Cooper, chairman of the board of the gay rights group Equality Alabama, said that same-sex couples expected to be issued marriage licenses Monday morning.
“We are continuing to move forward tomorrow,” Mr. Cooper said. “If we walk in and licenses are refused, if they do not comply with the federal order, then these probate judges could be personally liable,” said Mr. Cooper, who added that he expected legal actions to be filed against the individual probate judges if they do not issue the licenses.
John Burger is news editor for Aleteia’s English edition.