Alabama Supreme Court Refuses Challenge to Gay Marriage

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    Mar 05, 2016 4:29 AM GMT
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Alabama Supreme Court refused Friday to defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, cutting off a conservative bid to prevent gay weddings in the state.

    The court issued a one-sentence order dismissing a challenge by a probate judge and a conservative policy group that wanted the state to bar gay marriage despite the landmark federal decision.

    In one of several written opinions accompanying the order, Justice Greg Shaw called the decision a "clear refusal" to ignore the Supreme Court ruling last June.

    Several other state justices railed against the high court's ruling while noting they can't overturn it.

    Chief Justice Roy Moore, a Christian conservative who has repeatedly spoken out against same-sex unions, wrote that previous state orders barring gay marriage in Alabama remain. Most probate judges already are ignoring that directive, however, and hundreds of same-sex couples already have wed in Alabama.

    Eric Johnston, an attorney for the Alabama Policy Institute, which went to court seeking to prevent more gay marriages in Alabama, said the decision left opponents nowhere to turn in the court system.

    "The order effectively ends the case," he said in an email interview. "It appears to give us no option."
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 05, 2016 1:30 PM GMT
    Oh those poor, oppressed narrow minded bible thumping screwballs getting fiercely smacked down by us mean spirited gays. They can no longer get their way. They cannot keep Alabama tightly locked into their 1950s mindset. They could never comprehend that what comes around, goes around. What a deep, dark tragedy and I am loving every second of it.icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif