Alabama probates judge Mike Parson said Wednesday he won “no” when asked whether he would issue marriage license licenses to couples who have been married to each other for a long time.
Parson made the announcement during a news conference announcing the court’s new probate court, the Alabama Judicial Circuit Probate Court.
Parson told reporters he was not issuing marriage licenses in cases involving couples who had been married for decades.
“I’m not issuing them.
I’ve done everything that I can to avoid it,” he said.
“I’m going to do everything I can.”
A lawyer for the couples, Jennifer Taylor, told The Associated Press the marriage licenses are being issued “as a last resort” to help protect the health and safety of those in the marriages.
The probate judges decision comes as Alabama Gov.
Robert Bentley announced the state would begin issuing marriage license forms this year to all couples.
It is not clear when couples will receive their licenses.
A couple in Alabama said they are married to be together for the last time, but their marriage has been dissolved.
The couple, who asked not to be identified, filed for divorce in May 2016 after they said their marriage was dissolved and the couple’s children had moved out of state.
Taylor told the AP that they were “in a state of shock” about their situation and that they hoped Bentley would take action.
The Associated Press