The Supreme Court of the United States has decided not to respond to a request made by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to place a stay on the federal court rulings which ended the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Barring intervention by SCOTUS, same-sex couples will be able to marry in Alabama today, bringing the number of states where same-sex marriage is legal to 37. There is still a possibility that SCOTUS could intervene after marriages begin, which would cause further confusion.
Previous requests from Attorney General Strange asking the 11th Circuit Court to extend the current stays have been denied. The decision to allow same-sex marriage has been divisive in Alabama. The Pike County Probate Office has decided to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether rather than address the issue. Other counties have announced that they will refuse to marry same-sex couples, even though doing so will violate the law.
SCOTUS is expected to issue a judgement on same-sex marriage cases in late April or May.