Alabama's Supreme Court has moved to block same-sex marriage in the state, less than a month after same-sex couples were first permitted to wed.
Probate judges were ordered to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex partners on Tuesday (Mar. 3), reports NBC News.
"As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," reads the order (via AL.com). "Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty."
What the Alabama Supreme Court doesn't mention is that the state's definition of marriage wasn't always as simple as "one man and one woman." Until 1967, anti-miscegenation laws prohibited men and women of different races from marrying one another -- just saying! That was literally less than 50 years ago!
David Kennedy, one of the lawyers involved in the lengthy legal battle to overturn the state's same-sex marriage ban, told AL.com that he is hopeful for the same-sex couples who have wed in the state.
"These people are married," he told the outlet, adding, "There's nothing the Alabama Supreme Court can do to overturn that."