Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday, despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state’s chief justice to block the weddings, Fox News reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday morning that it wouldn’t stop the marriages from beginning in the state, and shortly after, Jefferson County probate judge Alan King issued several licenses.
He did so despite Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Sunday night order to all probate judges, directing them to refuse to issue the licenses.
By issuing licenses, King says he was abiding by the federal court order from January that determined Alabama’s statutory and constitutional bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade had put her order on hold until Monday to let the state prepare for the change. The state attorney general has requested that the hold be extended, but the U.S. Supreme Court refused to do so.