|James Strawser (R) and John Humphrey (L)|
A second Alabama gay couple has sued - and won - the right to marry.
And this time, without an attorney.
U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade, who on Friday declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, ruled on Monday in favor of James Strawser and John Humphrey in a separate case. The Alabama Attorney General's Office immediately vowed to appeal.
Humphrey, 38, said he did not have the highest level of confidence when he and Strawser filed the federal lawsuit in September. Alabama is a conservative state, he noted, and the couple did not even have a lawyer.
"I am just ecstatically pleased. We didn't realize it would be so soon and did not even think she would consider it," Humphrey said. "This is the Bible Belt for Christ sake."
As she did earlier this week, Judge Granade placed a 14 day stay on her ruling to allow the state to head to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for a longer stay. The state would like to hold until SCOTUS rules in June on the issue of marriage equality.