Republican-Appointed Alabama Judge Strikes Down Marriage Ban in Second Consecutive Ruling

New York –(ENEWSPF)–January 27, 2015.  This week, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled that same-sex couples in Alabama have the freedom to marry. The victory follows another ruling from the same judge, who was appointed by George W. Bush, on Friday in a separate case. The rulings have both been stayed for 14 days. Unless the stays are extended, same-sex couples should be able to marry in Alabama beginning the week of February 9.

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

“Today’s victory in Alabama is the latest in a number of marriage wins from a bipartisan cascade of courts across the country, including in the deep South. When the first couples marry, their neighbors across Alabama will see that families are helped and no one is hurt. As we look forward to a nationwide ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, this tremendous momentum shows that America — all of America — is truly ready for the freedom to marry.”

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.