Monday, January 26, 2015

The Gay Marriage Battle in Alabama heats up, 14 Day Stay has been Issued

Folks are trippin' in Alabama.

After the gay marriage ban was struck down, the Alabama Probate Judges Association told local judges not to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. For some reason they believe the ruling doesn't apply to local judges (SMH).

But Alabama's Plaintiffs file opposition to this foolishness, stating:
Clarification is necessary as the Probate Judges association in Alabama have assumed the position like George Wallace at the schoolhouse door staring defiantly upon this Court’s order reasoning that not all citizens of Alabama are entitled to the same rights and privileges afforded under the Constitution of the United States and that as Probate Judges “it is [their] duty to issue marriage licenses in accordance with Alabama law and that means [they] can not legally issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.” Alabama Probate Judges Association statement to the press on January 24, 2015. It is respectfully submitted that this Court’s order declaring Ala. Const. Art. 1§ 36.03 (2006) and Ala. Code 1974 §30-1-19 unconstitutional for violation of the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment shall meet with immediate defiance and confusion without further clarification.
You can read the rest here

However, things got a little interesting when Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed tweeted yesterday that he would be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples unless the Federal judge issued a stay.

Then, some hours later, the federal judge issued a 14 day stay on the ruling.

US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade is allowing the Attorney General time to present his arguments to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. If the Circuit Court fails to act during that delay, the order will be lifted on February 9th.

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