Alabama chief justice says judges should refuse gay marriage licences

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is once again suggesting that Alabama probate judges refuse to issue marriage licences to gay couples — despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling more than six months ago that effectively legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country.

Administrative order issued despite U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, pictured in this Oct. 24, 2012 file photo, said Wednesday the Alabama Supreme Court never lifted a March 2015 directive to probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Dave Martin/Associated Press)

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is once again suggesting that Alabama probate judges refuse to issue marriage licences to gay couples — despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling more than six months ago that effectively legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country.

The outspoken chief justice issued an administrative order Wednesday saying the Alabama Supreme Court never lifted a March directive to probate judges to refuse licences to gay couples.

Moore said the order to refuse the licences remains in "full force." However, he stopped short of directly telling judges to refuse the licences.

The director of the ACLU of Alabama, Susan Watson, called Moore's order "silly" and said it wouldn't change the fact that most Alabama judges are issuing licences to gay couples.

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