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Federal Court Confirms That All Alabama Counties Must Permit Marriage Equality

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade today issued an order confirming that her injunction directing all Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is now in effect and requires immediate compliance.

A violation of Judge Granade’s order could result in a county probate judge being held liable for contempt of court, attorneys’ fees, financial penalties and any other remedies the court deems proper. Read more

Alabama Probate Judges Must Immediately Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

Alabama Supreme Court Order Does Not Allow Judges To Refuse Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples, Civil Liberties Groups Say

Alabama’s probate judges are under an immediate obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples, say the four civil-rights organizations that are representing same-sex couples in the state.

Pursuant to a May 21 order by Judge Callie V.S Granade in Strawser v. Strange, probate judges became obligated to obey the U.S. Constitution and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the date that “the Supreme Court issues its ruling”  in Obergefell v. Hodges. The ruling in Obergefell was issued on June 26, so Judge Granade’s injunction is now in effect. Read more

Court Jester

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

What Roy Has Wrought: Alabama Supreme Court Tries Desperate Tactic To Block Same-Sex Unions

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

Ala. Chief Justice Urges Defiance Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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

Moore Nonsense: AU Gears Up To Battle An Old Foe

Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore is a crackpot. There, I’ve said it.

I like to be a polite person, but this man’s behavior is so beyond the pale, I can’t think of any other way to put it. Why? Let me count the ways.

Judge Moore was the belligerent jurist who in 2001, shortly after his election as chief justice, erected a two-and-one-half ton monument containing his favorite version of the Ten Commandments in the state Judicial Building.  Read more

Americans United Will Represent Same-Sex Couples Seeking Marriage Licenses in Alabama

Clients in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston And Lauderdale Counties Denied Licenses By Probate Judges

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.
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