Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama, state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses

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    Jan 24, 2015 4:53 AM GMT
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    Two anti gay laws and a "special place to live" icon_lol.gif

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-alabama-gay-marriage-20150123-story.html

    Alabama has two laws banning gay marriage, a state statute and a constitutional amendment called the "Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment" that was approved by 81 percent of state voters in 2006. Granade said both were in violation of the equal-protection and due-process clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

    "The Legislature will encourage a vigorous appeals process, and we will continue defending the Christian conservative values that make Alabama a special place to live."
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    Jan 24, 2015 4:55 AM GMT
    scruffLA said
    "The Legislature will encourage a vigorous appeals process, and we will continue defending the Christian conservative values that make Alabama a special place to live."

    I guess Jews, liberals and others need not apply, in Alabama.
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    Jan 24, 2015 5:02 AM GMT

    ^ I assume it will be difficult presenting a US constitutional amendment to define marriage after this Alabama ruling striking down the states version of an amendment icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 25, 2015 2:20 AM GMT
    All my father's relatives live in Alabama. When I heard this news last night I started to email them all. Instead I'm waiting for them to contact me and see how long it takes for them to bring the subject up.

    The thing that I found most interesting is that the judge in this case is a Bush appointee with a strong record as a prosecutor and being a constitutionalist. She ruled strictly on the equal protection clause, (applause!) tossed out all plans for witnesses, ruled solely on the written arguments put before her AND issued a ruling only ten pages long.

    You can bet she's going to stick to that no matter what the legislature tries to do.

    On a side issue.. since It became legal here in Pensacola (Escambia County) Florida there has been a constant caravan of people from Alabama and Mississippi and other states coming here to get married. By the time they legalize it in those states there won't be many single gays left.
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    Jan 26, 2015 5:58 AM GMT

    Temper tantrum?, "just ignore the judges order" icon_eek.gif



    Politician Wants Arrests After Gays Marry
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-baume/politician-wants-arrests_b_6543554.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

    There's a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a Judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses. Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality. And one lawmaker even wants to send clerks to jail if they issue licenses to anyone -- gay or straight.
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    Jan 26, 2015 6:04 AM GMT

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    Jan 28, 2015 6:21 AM GMT

    Oh dear, he sounds suicidal icon_neutral.gif


    Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore Threatens To Defy 'Tyranny' Of Federal Courts On Gay Marriage
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/27/roy-moore-gay-marriage_n_6558048.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

    Roy Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, called Tuesday for his state's governor to oppose the "tyranny" of federal courts that have repeatedly ruled in recent years that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

    Moore, a Republican politician, was removed from the state supreme court in 2003 after he had a monument of the Ten Commandments installed in the state judicial building and then disobeyed a federal judge's order to remove it. Alabama voters elected him as chief justice again in 2012.

    Ashley Jackson, Alabama director of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement that it is "deeply ironic" that Moore was complaining about "judicial activism" while pushing to ignore a federal judge's ruling.

    "The U.S. constitution guarantees the equal protection of the law for all Americans, and, sooner rather than later, that equality must come to Alabama’s families, too," Jackson said.
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    Jan 28, 2015 3:10 PM GMT
    ELNathB saidOh dear, he sounds suicidal
    states like Alabama, Idaho... have never been on board for the big plan.
  • mwolverine

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    Jan 28, 2015 4:27 PM GMT
    Maybe we should have just let Alabama secede. icon_rolleyes.gif