Two more counties issuing Same-Sex Licenses

Jul 22, 2015

Two more Alabama counties say they will issue wedding licenses following the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide.

Both Houston and Henry counties have refused to issue any licenses because of gay marriage.

But the Dothan Eagle reports that probate judges in both counties say they will now issue marriage licenses to anyone.

The change came at the end of a 25-day window in which the U.S. Supreme Court could have reconsidered its decision.

Conservative groups are asking the Alabama Supreme Court to follow anti-slavery precedents from the 1850s and resist gay marriage.

Most Alabama counties already are issuing marriage licenses to anyone, gay or straight.

A community task force is meeting tomorrow in Baldwin County to try to find more money for local schools.

Voters shot down a tax referendum a few months ago. That left Baldwin County’s school system to brainstorm ideas for more funding. They created a task force to analyze the school system’s operations.

Terri Burkle is the director of the Baldwin County Education Coalition is part of the task force. She says the leadership team has several priorities they will address…

“They will focus on identifying recommendations that they feel are sound and that the majority of the citizens of Baldwin County would be willing to get behind and embrace, support, to move us forward.”

The task force will be transparent to taxpayers in Baldwin County.  The meeting is set for tomorrow evening at Robertsdale High School.

Alabama education professionals are attending this week’s Mega Conference in Mobile.

More than two thousand individuals preregistered for the event. The conference provides opportunities to help educators enhance their job skills.  The conference runs until Friday.

Dr. Linda Felton Smith is the director of Office of Learning Support for the Alabama Department of Education. She says they had over six hundred people providing presentations....

“All of the people attending the conference will be energized, enthused and ready to greet and work with their students when they return for the ’15-’16 school year.”

Smith says the conference will help attendees be more than prepared to help students when they return to school for this upcoming school year.