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Davis Jailing Spurs AL Judge To Ask For Protection For Religious Objections

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Hinton told AL.com that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage "effectively criminalizes" officials who hold religious beliefs.

However, according to Randall Marshall, the legal director at ACLU Alabama, there isn't a threat to officials in Alabama because no probate judge is currently facing a lawsuit for refusing to issue a marriage license.

"Needless to say from our perspective this (Williams' filing) is the dying gasp of a probate judge," Marshall told AL.com. "If public officials don't want to do their jobs then they don't need to be public officials."