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Roy Moore’s Latest Attempt To Block Marriage Equality In Alabama Is Doomed To Fail, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls On State Probate Judges To Ignore Chief Justice’s Order

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s latest attempt to block marriage equality in Alabama is a pathetic gesture that is doomed to fail, and it should be ignored by state officials, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
 
Moore today ordered all probate judges in Alabama to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and suggested that a state constitutional amendment and a law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples remain in force.
 
Moore is flat-out wrong, says Americans United.
 
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Our Top Stories: Ten Prominent Church-State Flaps From 2015

As 2015 winds down, you’ll encounter a lot of lists – best movies of the year, what’s hot and what’s not and so on. Well, here’s our version of that: a list of what we at “The Wall of Separation” consider to be the Top Ten church-state stories of 2015:

Contemptuous Clerks

For Kim Davis, orange really was the new black.

The Rowan County, Ky., clerk briefly occupied a Carter County Detention Center cell in early September for her steadfast refusal to issue marriage licenses to would-be newlyweds.

No Hero Here: Kim Davis And The True Meaning Of Religious Liberty

The situation involving Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis remained in flux as this issue of Church & State went to press, but one thing is clear: This woman is no hero.

Davis, an elected official, declined to issue marriage licenses to any couple – straight or gay – because of her religious beliefs in opposition to same-sex marriage. Put simply, she refused to do a major aspect of her job because of her theological views.

Kim Davis Should Go Back To Jail If She Interferes With Deputy Clerks’ Ability To Issue Marriage Licenses, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Recalcitrant Clerk Must Be Closely Monitored

Controversial Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis should be sent back to jail if she interferes with her office’s ability to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
 
“Reports have surfaced that Kim Davis intends to violate the court order by again denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “If Davis does that, she deserves to go back behind bars.”
 
U.S. District Judge David L.

Colorado Court Correct To Uphold Anti-Discrimination Statute

Businesses Do Not Have A Constitutional Right to Discriminate, Church-State Watchdog Says

The Colorado Court of Appeals has protected the constitutional rights of same-sex couples and ruled against a baker seeking a “religious freedom” right to discriminate, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says. Americans United had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.

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.

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