Butler, Ala. Choctaw County Probate Judge, Michael Armistead says he is not issuing marriage licenses to anyone. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore sent a letter to all probate judges in the state telling them not to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Mona McCann works in the probate office and says Judge Armistead has talked with them about his decision.
"He worked it out and told us this is what we’re going to do. So if anyone calls or anyone wants to talk about it this is what we’re going to do,” McCann says.
Judge Armistead is said to be out of the office until Friday. Newscenter 11 has not been able to contact him. McCann says Judge Armistead studies situations like this thoroughly before making a decision.
”The judge is not the type of person to just make a decision on a whim. He’s going to study it. He’s going to make sure he has the right information to know what he can and cannot do, and what he can and cannot say. He’s going to make sure of that,” McCann says.
McCann says the probate office has been busy with phone calls from people asking about marriage licenses. Even though the license is not being used, it has changed to reflect the federal courts ruling. It now says “Spouse” instead of “Bride” and “Groom.”
“I know it’s an inconvenience for those that live here and want to get married here. I know it’s an inconvenience to them but 90 percent of them understand, and they know we’re just trying to do the best thing for our county,” McCann says.