Decatur residents Ginny Brooks and Kathryn Morgan are married by Dana Warner at Big Spring Park in Huntsville.

Patty Kirby learned last week that gay marriage would become legal in Alabama on Monday but didn't think it would impact her wedding plans.

But Kirby and prospective groom Andy Hunter, both of Decatur, became entangled in the controversy Monday when they walked away from the Morgan County probate judge's office without a marriage license.

Probate Judge Greg Cain decided not to issue marriage licenses at all because of conflicting opinions from a federal judge and Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Kirby said her preacher had agreed to marry her and Hunter on Friday.

"I've planned something and can't go through with it," Kirby, 31, said Monday morning outside Cain's office. "I kind of think it's sorry for a straight couple to get caught up in this."

A probate clerk gave Kirby a card with instructions to call the office today to see if the office was issuing marriage licenses.

Lawrence and Limestone county probate offices — which took the same stance as Morgan and issued no marriage licenses — each reported turning away male and female couples.

Cain said late Monday afternoon that his office was waiting on advice from County Attorney Bill Shinn about issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The gay marriage controversy and decision not to issue any marriage licenses coincides with a time when love birds have been known to flock to the courthouse for a marriage license: Saturday is Valentine's Day.

"This week is normally a fairly big week for weddings," Cain said.

Keith Clines can be reached at 256-340-2438 or Follow on Twitter @KeithClines.

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