PHOTOS: Marriage equality comes to Alabama

Despite some last-minute legal resistance, marriages for loving and committed same-sex couples have commenced in Alabama. However, some counties in Alabama continue to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This runs counter to the rulings from U.S. District Court Judge Granade ordering all counties in Alabama to comply with her order, and the United States Supreme Court's decision to allow that decision to take effect.

Equality Alabama Board Chair Ben Cooper said today:

All Alabama families deserve the freedom to marry - regardless of where they live. We call on Governor Bentley to provide the statewide leadership necessary - the leadership that Attorney General Luther Strange has also requested - and instruct all probate judges in Alabama to comply with this order and allow the freedom to marry for all Alabama families.

However, marriages are beginning in several counties. Take a look at some of the photos of the happy day provided by Equality Alabama: