Tuscaloosa County Puts Hold on Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
According to the Tuscaloosa News, Tuscaloosa County clerks are not currently issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. Probate Judge Hardy McCollum has ordered the Office of Probate to maintain a 21-day delay to allow for any petitions to be submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on its decision. To me, this makes good sense.
Without a doubt, at some point, there will be a concrete decision, and it goes without saying that the decision will not be supported or accepted by all, either way. But suppose last Friday's decision is overturned. What would happen for those who were allowed to be married? Will they still maintain the rights they were given, or will those rights be rescinded?
The likelihood of having the ruling overturned is VERY slim, although it is possible. So, those who've waited a few months, or even seemingly all their lives, to get married shouldn't mind waiting a few more weeks to allow possible kinks to arise and dissolve. I know I'd rather not have something I want than to get it and have it taken away.
What are your thoughts? Should Tuscaloosa County just accept the ruling and allow same sex marriages, or is the 3-week delay reasonable?