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In Alabama, a patchwork of reactions over same-sex marriage
In Alabama, a patchwork of reactions over same-sex marriage

Like lightning striking a Southern oak, the conflict over gay marriage split the judges of this state Monday. Some followed the prodding of their own state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who ordered probate judges not to obey a U.S. District Court order striking down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. Others agreed with the federal court; they started marrying people in the morning. Then, there were those who hired their own lawyers — and tried to stand in the middle as best they could. "On the advice of my counsel, my outside counsel, we are accepting applications for marriage but we are not processing any right now," said Judge Tim Russell in Baldwin...

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