MOBILE, Ala. – A federal district court today ordered that all Alabama probate judges must comply with the U.S. Constitution and may not refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples after four leading civil rights organizations requested the court expand a lawsuit to cover all same-sex couples and probate judges statewide. Read more
Keith Ingram and his partner, Albert Pigg, wanted to be the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of Alabama.
They rose early and landed a spot at the head of the line when the Houston County administration building in Dothan opened Feb. 9, but before they could receive a marriage license they got some devastating news: Their local probate judge said he would not give a license to gay couples – or anyone else, for that matter. Read more
Utah is generally considered to be one of the most conservative states in the country. When same-sex marriage became legal there as the result of a federal court ruling, some observers feared for the worst and braced for resistance.
It didn’t happen. State officials behaved responsibly. Although they made it clear that they don’t support marriage equality, these officials directed the people who work for them to follow the court ruling and not engage in futile forms of resistance. Same-sex couples began getting married in Utah, and all is well. Read more
MOBILE, Ala. -- A group of leading national civil rights organizations today filed a motion asking a federal district court to expand a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage and to order all county probate judges in the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Last night the Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering an end to same-sex marriages in the state.
This was a very curious action. As you may recall, a federal court earlier this year declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court both declined to stay this ruling. This paved the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Alabama on Feb. 9. Read more
An infamous Alabama jurist’s pledge of defiance on legalized same-sex marriage has landed him in hot water.
In January, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost his job in 2003 over his refusal to remove a Decalogue display from a courthouse, wrote to Gov. Robert Bentley and urged him to continue to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, even though a federal court struck down the state’s ban on such marriages.
In his letter to Bentley, Moore insisted that the state of Alabama is free to ignore rulings by federal courts. Read more
Keith Ingram has fallen in love, and he wants to get married. It's a familiar story.
But this one has a twist. Because the person he loves is a man, there are obstacles to his happiness: Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore, and the probate judges who followed his order not to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Read more
Same-sex marriage should have been legal in the state of Alabama on Monday. But at the behest of far-right state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, many probate judges have refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. A few have stopped issuing licenses for straight couples, too, until the legal confusion is resolved. Read more
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has agreed to represent four same-sex couples in Alabama who have been denied marriage licenses.
The couples reside in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston and Lauderdale counties. Each couple visited the probate judge in their respective county to request a marriage license, but all were denied.
Same-sex couples in Alabama could marry as soon as Monday, now that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a stay of a federal court ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage in two concurrent lawsuits. Read more