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/ Location Of One Hundred ONE HUNDRED FIFTEENTH YEAR PRINTED ON ! 00% RECYCLED PAPER Forty-Five Consecutive Annual WEDNESDAY, JULY !, 20 i 5 Masonic Celebrations NUMBER ! 7- 8 PAGES 50 PER ISSUE (s es TkX INCLUDED} 145th Masonic Celebration is history WE MUST 'BE doing something right this year with our gardening. We have frozen 50+ quarts of tomatoes and have shared with family and friends. The gardening is not only good for us, we get so much pleasure sharing. LAST WEEK, there was a knock at our door. Wherx Larry answered to see who our visitor was - it was a friend we had not seen in 61 years, Ronald Rudd. He is a native of Flo- rala and a graduate of Covington County High School, Class of 1949. Larry and Ronald "were both stationed at Craig Field in July of '53. Both received orders for overseas duty to the Far East. Both were deployed, along with several hundred more ser- vicemen on a troop ship for 13 days. They both remembered that was no joy ride. The two airmen were assigned to the same squadron in Japan and Korea. Larry's tour of duty was up in December '54 leaving Ronald there, where he volunteered for an extended tour. That was the last time the two ole buddies saw or even heard from each other for 61 years. Ronald and his Japanese wife are retired, he from the U.S. Air Force after serving 28 years. They are now living in Las Vegas, where he has been very successful in real estate. Thf Florala High School Marching Pride band marches in the parade through downtown Florala dur- ing Saturday's Masonic celebration festivities. See additional photos inside. mm I I I by Jan AUred judges to not issue marriage li- oppose same-sex marriage are Covington County Probate censes to same-sex couples, calling them heroes for standing Judge Ben Bowden joined the Alabama Attorney General up for their biblical belief that rest of the nation and watched Luther Strange, who filed an marriage is between one man the United States Supreme amicus brief in the case oppos- and one woman. Court rule that same-sex mar- ing same-sex marriage, issuedIn Alabama, the decision on riage is protected under the Con- a statement stating, "While I do whether the Probate Judge of a Stitution and ordered all fifty not agree with the opinion of the county issues marriage licenses states to issue marriage licenses majority of the justices in their is up to that judge. As long as to same-sex couples. Shortly decision, I aeknowledge that, the .t e ,Probate Judge doesn't issue ter the ruling was handed down, U.S. Supreme Court's ruling marriage licenses to heterosex- Bowden announced he was clos- now the law of the land. Short ual couple and then refuse a li- ing the marriage license division of the passage of a Constitution- cense to a same-sex couple they of the Covington County Probate al Amendment protecting ar- are not breaking their oath or Office effective immediately, riage as between one man and the law. Alabama Code Section "During this time, we will not one woman the Supreme Court 30:1-9 says, "Marriage licenses be issuing any marriage licenses- has the final say." may be issued by judges of pro- except to those couples who al- Covington County became one bate of the severalcounties." Be- ready have appointments to get of 22 counties that will no lon- cause the law says may instead married." B0wden said in a pre- Her be issuing marriage licenses of shah the probate judge of any pared statement. "This action is though the landmark decision county in Alabama canmake the necessitated by the recent ruling by the Supreme Court states decision to either issue a license of the United States Supreme that same-sex couples have the or not issue a license. However, Court addressing same-sex mar- same right to marry hetero- the majority of Alabama Probate riage. We are unable to say at sexual couples and despite the Judges who are now "out of the this time when we will resume ruling that orders them to domarriage business" have been the issuance of marriage licens- just that. very open about the fact issuing es from this office. We apologize Several counties that were a marriage to same-sex couples for any inconvenience this may on the fence where the issue of is based strictly on their Chris- cause and want to assure the same-sex marriage is concerned tian beliefs. public we are working very hard began issuing marriage licenses Those who feel they won a to make a final decision on how to same-sex couples after thevictory when the Supreme Court we will operate in the future." Association of County Commis-ruled same-sex marriage was Friday, in a 5-4 decision the sions of Alabama sent a memo protected underthe Constitution Supreme Court ruled that states out to all counties advising pro- are preparing to bring lawsuits cannot ban same-sex marriage, bate judges to follow the U.S. against the judges who refuse to However, that doesn't mean the Supreme Court ruling, issue marriage licenses after the states who oppose same-sex mar- Many who support same-sex decision but did so before the de- riage based on their religious marriage are calling for Probate cision. Is Bowden defying a Su- beliefs are going to start issuing Judges like Bowden, who have preme Court ruling by refusing marriage licenses to same-sex stopped issuing marriage licens- to issue any marriage licenses couples anytime soon. As far up es all together, to be found in when he was issuing them be- as the Alabama Supreme Court, contempt of court for not follow- judges are calling for probate ing the ruling while those who see LICENSE page 5 The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 . IIpI!I!UIIILI!LILI!I[II, LOCKHART BRIDGE - Asphalt work began on the bridge this week. The bridge replacement project on Alabama Highway 55 over Jackson Pond in Lockhart was initially given a completion date of late May. However, several delays have hindered the project. The Alabama Department of Transportation project manager could not be reached for an estimated completion date.