An Alabama appeals court says a judge can't order child visitation following the split-up of a same-sex couple.
The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday that a Jefferson County judge was wrong to order child visitation for a woman who split up with her partner of 16 years.
The county judge based the decision on an adoption ruling issued in a Georgia case. But the Alabama appeals court says the ruling can't stand because the Georgia court lacked the power to issue such an order.
Two women challenging Alabama's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages are asking a judge to decide the case without holding a trial.
Attorneys for Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand of Mobile filed the request in federal court in Mobile. They have one of three suits challenging Alabama's ban. They were married in California in 2008 and want Alabama to recognize the marriage.
Alabama's governor and attorney general are asking the judge to dismiss the suit.
The other two suits challenging the ban are pending in federal courts in Montgomery and Birmingham.
A retired United Methodist bishop is facing formal complaints over a gay wedding he performed in Alabama.
A church statement says complaints have been filed against Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, who conducted the wedding ceremony for two men in October. The statement says Talbert is accused of violating his "sacred trust" as a bishop by performing the ceremony.
A gay man whose husband was killed in a car accident is filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Alabama laws that prohibit the recognition of his marriage, which was legally performed in Massachusetts. The lawsuit in Montgomery federal court seeks to overturn Alabama's bans on the recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Plaintiff Paul Hard and David Fancher, both of Montgomery, were married in 2011. Three months later, Fancher was killed in a car accident.
Known for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in his state's judicial building, Alabama's chief justice is jumping into the national gay marriage debate. Roy Moore has sent letters to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution recognizing only unions between one man and one woman. Moore says the country's moral foundation is under attack, and a state-initiated convention under Article V of the Constitution is the only way to stop it. An Article V convention has never been held.