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The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered probate judges in the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ruling in direct contradiction to a federal judge that the state’s ban on same sex marriage did not violate the U.S. Constitution.

The 7-1 ruling came after weeks of confusion that begin with a Jan. 23 ruling by a U.S. District Court judge, Callie V.S. Granade, that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. A conflicting order by Chief Justice Roy S. Moore, who did not join Tuesday’s ruling, insisted that probate judges should ignore the ruling. But a follow-up ruling by Granade on Feb. 18 persuaded nearly all of Alabama’s 67 probate judges to begin issuing such licenses.

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled not only that the federal judge’s ruling did not apply to most state judges but also that Granade’s ruling was wrong on the merits.