Alabama’s Only Openly Gay Lawmaker Overjoyed as State Recognizes Gay Marriage

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On Monday Alabama probate judges can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It’s the result of a decision last month from a federal judge in Mobile striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage. Although Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order late Sunday instructing probate judges not to grant such licenses. Birmingham Representative Patricia Todd is the only openly gay lawmaker in the state legislature. WBHM’s Andrew Yeager spoke to her about this turn of events. Todd starts by explaining what happened last week when an envelope with no return address was delivered to her Montgomery office.

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