Transcript for Alabama Officials Defy Federal Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
But right now the high stakes showdown over marriage equality in Alabama. Most counties in the state defying a federal judge's ruling legal identifying same-sex marriage refusing to issue marriage licenses. The state's supreme court chief justice is behind the order and Steve osunsami has that story. Reporter: More than 50 states denying it and some posting signs refusing to grant marriage licenses to anyone. We waited 33 years for this. I mean it's a big disappointment. Reporter: In Tuscaloosa they're turning gay cups away and handing them an order from Alabama's supreme court chief justice. Chief just Roy Moore is defying the decision making Alabama the 37th state to allow same-sex marriage. I think a redefinition of the word marriage is not found within the powers designated to the federal government. Reporter: He is arguing that the federal ruling doesn't apply to state judges who issue marriage licenses because only he has authority over those judges and he wasn't named in the lawsuit. Do you worry that you will end up on the wrong side of history here? Wrong side of history? Absolutely not did they stop with one man and one man or one woman and one woman or go to multiple marriages or marriages between men and their daughters or women and their sons? Reporter: Even so, more than a dozen counties are still marrying gay couple. We thought we'd have to go to the state but now doing it. Reporter: Some are agreeing to licenses but not weddings so volunteers from area churches are officiating ceremonies. Both Moore and Alabama's governor say they look forward to the U.S. Supreme court deciding the issue possibly this summer. For "Good morning America," Steve osunsami, ABC news, Montgomery, Alabama.
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