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Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks
January 26, 2015 09:43 GMT

By KIM CHANDLER and JEFF MARTIN Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she'll soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted?

U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade on Sunday refused the Alabama attorney general's request to put her ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of gay marriage later this year. However, Granade did issue a 14-day delay to give the state time to ask the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a lengthier stay.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange called the delay a "step in the right direction" because it will allow the state time to prepare appellate arguments and perhaps settle questions about the effect of the ruling.

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