Via press release issued yesterday by the Campaign For Southern Equality:
Alabama counties are missing out on thousands of dollars in revenue as a result of probate judges closing marriage license offices. The 13 counties that are not currently issuing marriage licenses are forfeiting an estimated $132,106.50 in annual revenue. Nearly a month after the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, 53 of Alabama’s 67 counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, 13 have closed their marriage license offices to all couples, and Coosa County is neither issuing marriage licenses to couples or is closed. Despite no longer performing a vital aspect of their jobs, probate judge and probate court employees in those 13 continue to be paid their full salaries and benefits. Across the state, probate judges’ salaries range from $52,500 to $155,000 annually.