The Supreme Court of Alabama’s chief justice ordered officials to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday, NBC News reported.
Roy Moore said Alabama's probate judges were unsure of whether to abide by a ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court last March — which upheld the ban on same-sex marriage — or the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling which declared such bans unconstitutional.
But in May, a federal judge in Alabama issued a ruling declaring the state’s ban invalid and forbade probate judges to deny marriage licenses to gay couples.
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Legal experts say the effect on Moore's order will likely be minimal and short-lived.