MOBILE, Alabama -- In less than a week, a second gay couple in Alabama have won their same-sex marriage case.
And the same legal authority, federal District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade, has once again declared Alabama's gay-marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Like in the first case, the judge issued a 14-day stay to allow the state time to appeal.
The Attorney General's Office said the state would appeal this ruling just as it did the last one. The motion to appeal the ruling goes to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia, which has previously denied such motions from Florida and was backed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
This case was filed by James Strawser, 51, and John Humphrey, 38, who live in Mobile. They met on Facebook and have lived together in Alabama since last year. After they applied for a marriage license and were turned down, they filed their case without the aid of lawyers, according to news reports.
"I am just ecstatically pleased. We didn't realize it would be so soon and did not even think she would consider it," Humphrey told al.com. "This is the Bible Belt for Christ sake."
This case differs from the first case that Judge Granade ruled on, and she referenced that in her second ruling.
The first case involved a lesbian couple who had a valid wedding ceremony in California and who sued for that marriage to be recognized in Alabama. In the second case, the gay couple were refused a marriage license.
"Although the Plaintiffs in this case seek to marry in Alabama, rather than have their marriage in another state recognized, the court adopts the reasoning expressed in the Searcy case and finds that Alabama's laws violate the Plaintiffs' rights for the same reasons," she wrote.