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Alabama legalizes same-sex marriage, but not without a struggle




The road to Equality, Ala., an unincorporated community in Coosa County. Alabama became the 37th state to legalize same-sex marriages Monday.
The road to Equality, Ala., an unincorporated community in Coosa County. Alabama became the 37th state to legalize same-sex marriages Monday.
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This week, Alabama became the 37th and latest state to legalize same-sex marriage.

But the move hasn't come without protests. Many local officials are refusing to hand out licenses in defiance of a federal judge who ruled same-sex marriages should be allowed to proceed, as planned.

Gary Gates, research director of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, explains how overcoming legal hurdles doesn't necessarily mean the battle is won when it comes to LGBT rights.