In responding to an Alabama county's decision to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, Alabama State Rep. Will Ainsworth, a Republican, vowed to continue to fight against its legalization “even after others have surrendered.”

Marshall County Probate Judge Tim Mitchell is among the dozens of judges who have decided to follow a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage. Mitchell's decision comes after the same judge ordered Mobile County to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

“Issuance of marriage licenses is a vital function of the probate office to the citizens of Marshall County,” Mitchell, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Under the terms of Judge [Callie] Granade's order, I must now also issue marriage licenses to same-same-sex couples. I respect the rule of the law and I will abide by the order of Judge Granade, unless the federal courts of the courts of the state of Alabama provide further guidance or rulings on this issue. I appreciate the patience of all Marshall County citizens during this difficult time of transition.”

Ainsworth, who represents the county, criticized Mitchell's decision.

“As a Christian and former youth pastor, I cannot stand idly by while the wishes of almost 90 percent of Marshall County voters who supported the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment are being violated by liberal judges pursuing a political agenda,” Ainsworth said.

“The probate judge in Marshall County, who is a Democrat, must not capitulate to the ungodly and immoral attacks on traditional marriage. If I were in his shoes, I would stand strong and hold my ground in defense of God's law, not the unconstitutional and immoral law being manufactured by liberal activists.”

“During the campaign, my signs carried the slogan 'Fight Obama,' and, make no mistake, the gay rights agenda is the bedrock of Obama's agenda. I will use the upcoming session to look for every legislative remedy and tool that can be used to protect our traditional, conservative Alabama values, and I will continue the fight even after others have surrendered,” he added.