Federal judge orders Mobile county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couplesMOBILE, Ala. – The federal judge who overturned Alabama’s gay marriage ban ordered a defiant county to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, signaling to judges across the state that they should do the same. About an hour after U.S. District Judge Callie Granade’s ruling, Mobile County opened up its marriage license office and started granting the documents to gay couples, according to David Kennedy, an attorney for one of the couples who wed. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade held a brief hearing Thursday and issued an injunction that orders Mobile Probate Court to issue the licenses. The court’s Judge Don Davis as well as others in the state had not issued them and awaited this decision. Granade held the hearing amid confusion in Alabama, as many probate judges there refused to issue the licenses after state Chief Justice Roy Moore said they didn’t have to. But in Granade’s ruling, she found Alabama’s law baring same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. “… The Plaintiffs in this case have submitted declarations attesting to the specific reasons why their inability to become legally married in Alabama presents a substantial threat of irreparable injury,” Granade wrote in her ruling. “Additionally, “it is always in the public interest to protect constitutional rights.” Moore gave his initial order even though Granade overturned the state’s ban last month and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop gay marriages from beginning Monday. More