(AL.COM) Probate judges in Chilton, Elmore and Geneva counties say they will not perform same-sex weddings once they become legal Monday, because of their religious beliefs.

Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin told the Clanton Advertiser he will issue wedding licenses to same-sex couples but will not perform weddings.

“I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and because of that, I will not perform a ceremony for a couple that doesn’t fit in that criteria,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

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