A federal appeals court order has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin next week in Alabama. The three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's request for an extended stay.
U.S. District Judge Callie Granade last month ruled that two Alabama laws prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages unconstitutional. Granade put a hold on her order until Monday to let the state appeal.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is at odds with a museum in her hometown of Monroeville.
Lee is seeking a trademark for the words "To Kill a Mockingbird" when they are used on clothing. The Monroe County Heritage Museum is opposing the application, contending the sale of souvenirs with the words "To Kill a Mockingbird" is vital to its continued operation.
Lee's attorney, Robert Clarida, says the 87-year-old author has never received a penny from the museum's sale of T-shirts, caps and other souvenirs.