Supporters of gay marriage in Huntsville are organizing a “Wedding Week” on the Madison County Courthouse Square including free marriage ceremonies the week of Feb. 9. That’s the day a federal judge’s order lifting Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage is expected to take effect. More than 123 people had checked “going” by Friday night on the Facebook page “Wedding Week” established to coordinate the week-long event. Organizers say they are responding to decisions by Madison County Probate Judge Tommy Ragland and Jackson County Probate Judge Victor Manning to issue marriage licenses but stop performing any office weddings. The judges cite their workload and limited staffing. [JMG: Yeah, right] Amanda Conger of Huntsville, one of Wedding Week’s organizers, said Friday night that the volunteers want to fill the gap the judges are creating. “We’ve had a tremendous response,” Conger said.
Alabama law requires a minimum $1 fee for a marriage ceremony and organizers say they “will have dollars on hand” for every couple. See their Facebook event page and wedding website. But first we wait to hear from the Eleventh Circuit. (Tipped by JMG reader Jay)