Alabama Bans Same-Sex Marriage Licenses In Disgraceful Defiance Of Supreme Court

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Once again, Alabama is standing in front of progress, yelling “stop!” in a disgraceful defiance of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.

Alabama is literally repeating its bigoted history after all probate judges were ordered not issue any marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days in a desperate ploy to drag out and delay their compliance with the law.

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, therefore legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation in all 50 states.

In response to the decision, Alabama Probate Judge Wes Allen of Pike County effectively ended marriage licenses for everyone in a temper tantrum against same-sex marriage. If gay people can get married across the nation, then nobody can get married in his county. Other judges have followed Allen’s bigoted lead, while some have adhered to the Supreme Court ruling by giving licenses to gay couples who apply for them.

But now, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and the Alabama Supreme Court have ordered all probate judges to stop approving marriage licenses for same-sex couples and has temporarily banned them using the excuse that anti-gay conservatives have 25 days to file a petition for the Supreme Court to rehear the case.

In other words, they are using a lame technicality as a desperate excuse to delay the inevitable, even though Alabama still has to obey the law despite any petition. The law is currently in effect, so many judges are actually confused by the state court order.

Back in February, Moore did the exact same thing when he ordered probate judges to continue discriminating against gay couples against previous orders of a federal judge who struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban.

This latest order, however, has the potential to put many probate judges in the hot seat if they continue to defy the highest court in the land.

According to WHNT News:

Association of County Commissions of Alabama sent a memo to probate judges recommending that they “follow the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court beginning at 10:00 a.m. [Monday].”

The group, which provides liability insurance to the judges, has provided informal advice during the twisting legal battle over gay marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and other organizations have said that probate judges could be found in contempt of court if they refuse.

For the second time in its bigoted history, the state of Alabama is defying a Supreme Court ruling that advances civil rights in this country. Back in 1963, then-Alabama Governor George Wallace infamously tried to prevent racial integration of state schools as ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. Eventually, he had no choice but to relent, since President Kennedy called in the US 2nd Army to prepare to enforce federal law. But not before Wallace embarrassed himself and his state by standing in a schoolhouse doorway to prevent black students from enrolling at the University of Alabama.

Now Alabama bigots like Roy Moore want to repeat history and are embarrassing their state by trying to deny gay people their civil rights in defiance of the Supreme Court. They are acting like toddlers who didn’t get their way and if they continue to refuse to obey the Supreme Court, perhaps it’s time to once again call upon the US military to make them comply.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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