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Alabama gay marriages could begin next week after court lifts stay
Alabama gay marriages could begin next week after court lifts stay

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down an effort to delay same-sex marriages in Alabama, clearing the way for gay and lesbian couples to wed next week, though a last-minute appeal could create additional delays. The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a stay request from Alabama Atty. Gen. Luther Strange, who sought to defend the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Strange had called on the appeals court to issue a stay until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on similar cases later this year.  Strange said Tuesday he would appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. The justices have rebuffed similar requests in the past.  The Alabama...

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