The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the
state's probate judges on Wednesday not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex
couples, despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last year legalizing gay
|Chief Justice Roy Moore|
Chief Justice Roy Moore said the U.S. Supreme Court decision is at odds with earlier opinions by the state's highest court, resulting in "confusion and uncertainty" among probate judges.
While the Alabama Supreme Court weighs the issue, probate judges "have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary" to the state's law banning same-sex marriage, Moore said.