Shelby County Probate Judge Jim
Fuhrmeister said Friday that a federal judge's ruling striking down
Alabama's ban on gay marriage does not affect his office.
U.S. District Judge Callie “Ginny”
Granade's ruling took effect on February 9, but a majority of probate
judges initially decided to ignore the ruling, citing a conflicting
order by Chief Justice Roy S. Moore.
Roy Moore: Supreme Court order striking down gay marriage bans would
Many judges reversed course last week
after Granade ordered Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to begin
issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Fuhrmeister (pictured) said in a
statement Friday that Granade's order “has no more legal impact on
Shelby County than if it were issued by a United States District
Judge in Georgia, Mississippi or California. Shelby County is not in
Judge Granade's District.”
According to AL.com,
the University of Montevallo Secular Student Alliance will protest
Fuhrmeister's decision outside the Shelby County Courthouse on
Tuesday and Wednesday.