The history of same-sex marriage in the United States dates from the early 1970s, when the first lawsuits seeking legal recognition of same-sex relationships brought the question of civil marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples to public attention though they proved unsuccessful. Thirty-seven states had legalized same-sex marriage prior to the Supreme Court ruling.
Jun 26, 2015 · Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States. The decision was 5-4. Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. Marriages that violate the public policy of this state include, but are not limited to, same-sex marriages, and marriages entered into under the laws of another state or country with the intent to evade the prohibitions of the marriage laws of this state.
The state law in Alabama allows county clerks to issue marriage licenses, but they're not required to do so. It wasn't until June 2016 when a U.S. District Judge issued a permanent injunction against Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage that they began complying with the Supreme Court decision.