The Alabama Supreme Court ordered a halt Tuesday to same-sex marriages in the state despite a U.S. Supreme Court order allowing them to proceed. The ruling capped a wild month of confusion and resistance in Alabama following a January decision by a U.S. district court invalidating Alabama’s ban on gay marriage.
The Alabama justices were defiant. “As it has done for approximately two centuries,” the court said, “Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman.” Alabama judges have a duty “not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty.”
The resistance in Alabama, where states’ rights has always been sacred writ and state supreme court justices are elected rather than appointed, has been compared by many to that state’s resistance to school desegregation orders in the 1963, when Gov. George Wallace (D) stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama to prevent the court-ordered enrollment of black students.
More religious lunacy from the Ten Commandments Guy. Money quote:
Moore said that while the state will have to obey the Supreme Court’s ruling, he doesn’t believe that federal courts can create laws on marriage.
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked Moore if he was putting himself above the law.
“When federal courts start changing our Constitution by defining words that are not even there, like marriage, they’re going to do the same thing with family in the future. When a word’s not in the Constitution clearly, the powers of the Supreme Court do not allow them to re-define words and seize power,” Moore said. “The power is not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the states or reserved to the states respectively or to the people.”
“This power over marriage, which came from God under our organic law, is not to be redefined by the United States Supreme Court or any federal court,” he continued
Today, in speaking with the Chatom Clerk of Court, in Alabama, in relation to their refusal to issue marriage licences to the GLBT community, i was forwarded to the Washington County Sheriff.
Richard Stringer (D) • Washington County Sheriff, informed me: “You steers and queers need to stop calling here”.
When pressed on whether his office will serve and protect members of his community whom may be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered he replied :
“I told you dykes to stop calling here” when pressed he commented “you can readily accept that yes, we do not provide protection or services to queers”
When pressed again, and informed that his comments would be made public - he asserted :
“oh you can quote me on that, what you need is a good man to show you how a man makes love to a woman”
It would be reasonable to assume that the GLBTI members of the Washington County, and Chatom area he serves can expect no due process, nor fulfillment of their constitutional right to equal protection under the law.
I reached out one last time, before posting, to the Washington County Sheriff office for comment, as of this time no further comment has been afforded…
The Christian Examiner, a California based Christian periodical published by the Christian Media Corporation International Group, just filed a report attacking the son of Alabama District Court Judge Callie Granade. Granade has risen to prominence recently due to her ruling that struck down Alabama’s Gay marriage ban, and her rulings to county clerks and probate judges enjoining them to follow the Court’s decision.
The report, based off an unverified Facebook post, attempts to attack the Judge through her son, who may or may not be gay:
…at least one Facebook poster is questioning whether Judge Granade had a conflict of interest in making her ruling.
A person who self-identified as Ashton Harrington—with a profile description of “studied at the University of Alabama”—posted a screen capture with the note “Judge Ginny Granade appears to approve of her son Milton Granade’s Facebook profile picture.
Judge Granade expresses “Great photo of you two!” in the comment stream.
“I would like to know if her decision was based on law or family preference,” he asked, suggesting her son may be gay
None of the public postings on Facebook indicate her son Milton Grenade has children or is seeking them.
There is no evidence her son is a public figure, nor any evidence he is gay, beyond this Facebook post. The question of her son’s sexuality is irrelevant - judges are expected to rule dispassionately per the constitution and judicial precedent. She would be just the most recent in a line of judges across the country to strike down gay marriage bans, following precedent and using the constitution’s supremacy and equal protections provisions.
Lamar Keener, publisher at Selah Media Group, when contacted for comment informed me Selah sold The Christian Examiner to CMCI Group last year. Neither CMCI nor Christian Examiner have returned requests for comments at posting time.
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In 2000, the state became the last to officially remove its interracial marriage ban from the books. The law was supposed to be unenforceable by then, thanks to the Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia. But some of Alabama’s probate judges still reportedly refused to grant marriage licenses to interracial couples in 1999, and nearly 41 percent of the state’s voters voted to keep the ban.
In 2006, roughly 81 percent of the state’s voters voted for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a “unique relationship between a man and a woman.” Moore cited the overwhelming consensus in his CNN interview as evidence his state doesn’t want to legalize same-sex marriage. (A 2014 Public Religion Research Institute survey found 59 percent of Alabamians still opposed marriage equality.)
Maybe same-sex marriage isn’t popular in Alabama today. Maybe interracial marriage wasn’t popular there in 1990. To the courts, that’s not supposed to matter: if a law violates the 14th Amendment, it’s unconstitutional and must be struck down.
As we reported earlier today, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has close personal and financial ties with Michael Peroutka, the neo-Confederate activist and theocrat who has helped develop the view, espoused by Moore in recent interviews and statements, that states must defy federal court rulings in favor of marriage equality since they are in violation of divine law.
Peroutka is a “true Confederate” activist and a former leader of the League of the South , although he quit the neo-Confederate group last year during his successful campaign to win a seat as a Republican on Anne Arundel County, Maryland, county council.
Warren Throckmorton notes, just today announced that on April 14 it will host a celebration of the anniversary of the “execution of the tyrant Abraham Lincoln.”
League of the South President Michael Hill writes in a blog post titled “Honoring John Wilkes Booth” that the organization “thanks Mr. Booth for his service to the South and to humanity”:
A federal judge here ruled on Thursday that the local probate judge cannot refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, potentially adding some clarity to a judicial quarrel that has roiled Alabama for most of a week.
The order by Judge Callie V. S. Granade of Federal District Court came after a brief hearing and prompted cheers and crying in the halls of the probate court here, where several couples obtained licenses and were married before the license office closed.
While Judge Granade had declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Jan. 23, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy S. Moore, insisted in his own order Sunday night that Judge Granade’s ruling did not apply to the state’s probate judges and directed them not to comply.
In a latest attempt to capitalize on political and racial controversy, a Ku Klux Klan faction from Mississippi has initiated a “Call to arms in Alabama” in response to federal courts ruling that an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
The post, which appeared on the United Dixie White Knights’ (UDWK) website and later on Stormfront — the largest online white supremacist forum — championed Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore for defying federal courts and called for Klansmen to leave their robes behind and take to the streets in protest.
“The Mississippi Klan salutes Alabama’s chief justice Roy Moore, for refusing to bow to the yoke of Federal tyranny,” Brent Waller, the UDKW’s imperial wizard, wrote in a Stormfront post. “The fudge packers from Hollywood and all major news networks are in shock that the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their Imperialist, Communist Homosexual agenda!”
Waller’s reason for his fellow Klansman to wear plain clothes is simple. “We have made the decision that we don’t want to distract attention away from the issue, as anytime the Klan rides, we are made the issue by the zionist controlled media,” he wrote. Not that wearing robes and hoods has been a consideration before.
Klan groups in recent months have sought to capitalize on already tense situations by appearing with a word of commentary and disappearing. Klan members have called for “corpses” on the Arizona-Mexico border, tried to raise money for the legal defense of the police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and even distributed candy as a recruiting ploy in South Carolina. But their rush to the spotlight this time may be different.
Alabama on Monday became the 37th state in the country to recognize same-sex marriage after a federal judge struck down the “Sanctity of Marriage” amendment to the state’s constitution as unlawful. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore responded by ordering Alabama probate judges not to comply with the federal ruling, throwing the state into a heated controversy involving states’ rights and federal reach.
I’ve got to tell our local “Feminazi” @geegeetee about this!
Good news, even some top conservative Republicans realize that laws attempting to ban sharia or foreign law are ridiculous and pointless (Unless of course you want to demonize Muslims). Its good to see a member of the Alabama Christian coalition openly opposing this stupidity. Tara Culp-Ressler reports.
Next week, Alabama voters will be asked to cast their ballots on Amendment 1, a carefully worded measure that would prohibit “the application of foreign law” in the state’s courts. The ballot initiative is ultimately seeking to ban sharia law, an increasingly popular right-wing legislative tactic that serves to demonize the Islamic faith as something that Americans need to be protected from.
The push to ban sharia law is often spearheaded by prominent Religious Right figures like Pat Robertson and Bryan Fischer. But somewhat of a different scene is playing out in Alabama in the lead up to the election, as Christian leaders in the state are speaking out against Amendment 1.
Randy Brinson, the president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama — one of the state’s largest network of conservative evangelicals — is one of the religious figures lending his voice to the opposition campaign. In an interview with the Birmingham News this week, Brinson said that the effort to pass Amendment 1 is “just silliness,” adding that “it’s all something that lawmakers can trumpet back to constituents that they’re protecting Christian values, but they need to be working on other stuff.”