Fed judge issues 14-day stay in Ala. same-sex marriages

A federal judge on Sunday put a two-week hold on her decision that overturned Alabama’s gay marriage ban, but said same-sex couples should not be kept in lengthy legal limbo.

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U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade refused the Alabama attorney general’s request to put her ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the decision of gay marriage later this year. But she did issue a 14-day stay to give the state time to appeal her decision to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Granade said it was inappropriate, in her view, to put the decision on lengthy hold.

“As long as a stay is in place, same-sex couples and their families remain in a state of limbo with respect to adoption, child care and custody, medical decisions, employment and health benefits, future tax implications, inheritance and many other rights associated with marriage,” she wrote.

Some hoping to get married swiftly expressed disappointment over the two-week hold.

“It’s aggravating. The judge ruled and everybody got so excited and now, this,” said Tori Sisson, who had camped outside the Montgomery courthouse Sunday night with Shante Wolfe in hopes of securing a marriage license first thing Monday.

The stay will expire Feb. 9 unless the court extends it.

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