Steven Reed (judge)
Biography and career
Steven Reed born in Montgomery, Alabama. He received a BA from Morehouse College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He was a financial analyst, then changed careers and lobbied the Alabama legislature, and worked for Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom, Jr.
Reed was elected as probate judge in 2012, the first African American in that position. In February 2015 he was the first probate judge in the state of Alabama who started issuing same-sex marriage licenses after district judge Callie V. Granade struck the state's ban on same-sex marriage, defying Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. In March 2015, after a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court, he stopped issuing them.
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- MacNeal, Caitlyn (15 February 2015). "Ala. Probate Judge Knocks Chief Justice: I'm On 'Right Side Of History'". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
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