Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has now issued an order blocking the issuance of gay marriage licenses in the state of Alabama. Apparently there’s been a lot of confusion on the issue and he’s clearing that up right now:
TIMES DAILY – The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court today issued an administrative order prohibiting probate courts from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Chief Justice Roy Moore’s order found that a June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down laws banning same-sex marriage in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee did not necessarily affect Alabama’s similar laws.
Moore wrote that he was issuing an administrative order because of confusion caused by the U.S. Supreme Court case of Obergefell vs. Hodges.
“Many probate judges are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in accordance with Obergefell; others are issuing marriage licenses only to couples of the opposite gender or have ceased issuing all marriage licenses,” Moore wrote.
Moore wrote that a pending case in the state Supreme Court must be decided before it was clear whether the reasoning of the U.S. Supreme Court would be adopted in Alabama.
“Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect,” Moore wrote.
I’m sure heads are exploding in the gay marriage activist universe over this. But for now same-sex marriage is illegal in the State of Alabama. Let’s hope other states take similar steps.