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MONTGOMERY — The Southern Poverty Law Center on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against 55 Alabama counties, including some in Northeast Alabama, that allegedly deny marriage licenses to undocumented immigrants who lack certain identification. The SPLC sued Montgomery County and named Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb and... show more MONTGOMERY — The Southern Poverty Law Center on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against 55 Alabama counties, including some in Northeast Alabama, that allegedly deny marriage licenses to undocumented immigrants who lack certain identification.

The SPLC sued Montgomery County and named Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb and Marshall counties among the 55 that allegedly deny undocumented immigrants a marriage license.

The lawsuit does not name Etowah County, where some leeway is allowed in providing certain documents for a marriage license.

SPLC Legal Director Mary Bauer said policies by some probate judges violate a fundamental and constitutional right to get married.

“There’s no reason why anyone should have to produce their ‘papers’ before they say ‘I do,’” she said.

The lawsuit filed against Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney seeks class action status.

“We can’t allow elected judges to decide who gets married,” said Freddy Rubio, a Birmingham attorney who also is involved in the federal lawsuit over H.B. 56, Alabama’s immigration law.

Bauer said the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Linda Smith, a 37-year-old U.S. citizen, and plaintiff “John Doe,” a 39-year-old Mexican citizen, who were unable to get a marriage license because Doe does not have required documentation.

The complaint said Doe does not have a Social Security number and cannot show proof of legal presence in the country. He has a Mexican passport, a birth certificate, Mexican consulate identification and other Mexican-government issued documents, the lawsuit said.

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