The Supreme Court allowed Gay Marriage to go forward in the state of Alabama this week, and the results were both exhilarating and at the same time a throwback to the equal-rights battles of the 60s. Some judges apparently forgot their learnin' and decided to forget that Federal Law trumps State Law.
Alabama Chief Justice, Roy Moore, tried to stop the whole process last week when he ordered Judges not to obey.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore late Sunday ordered all probate judges and employees in Alabama to follow existing state law and not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or recognize same-sex marriages.
. . . Moore wrote that if any probate judge defies the order, Governor Robert Bentley would have the responsibility of ensuring that state law is "faithfully executed."
He has also said that the judges are not bound by the orders issued in that case, Searcy v. Strange. Instead, he said, probate judges fall under the direct supervision and authority of the chief justice.
Well, let's just say he was wrong, and most Judges chose not to follow the order. Some stalled and hid in their offices or decided not to perform any marriages at all, like the Probate Judge of Mobile. Some just delayed a few hours, probably hoping the TV cameras would go away, or maybe to talk down some of the employees screaming that it was against their religion, etc.
But in most places on Monday morning, February 9, 2015, same-sex weddings began to occur all over the state of Alabama - a historic sight.
UPDATE: "Redneck Reporter" Jeremy Todd Addaway posted a hilarious spoof of the fear-mongering going on in Alabama (and other states) over Gay Marriage and how it effects everyone else.
“I read on the news today some information, that homosexuals will be getting married in Alabama today, so I wanted to give you a live report from Blount County,” he began.
. . . “This pile of brush is still here, and there are no homosexuals layin’ on top of it, doin’ homosexual things,” Addaway said.
“None in the shed either, but we need to check into this further,” he continued, delving ever deeper into his backyard.
“We’re back here by a pile of junk — and it’s still here — and there’s no homosexuals doin’ homosexual things here either, so it looks like we’re pretty safe here in Blount County, don’t think we’re gonna be subject to plagues of homosexuals fallin’ from the sky.”
And the Supreme Court gave a strong signal that Alabama is a bellwether state for the rest of the country, as well as Federal Law:
Clarence Thomas: Alabama gay marriage "acquiescence may well be seen as a signal of the court’s intended resolution" http://t.co/MgZPr3G8fk— Josh Eidelson (@josheidelson) February 9, 2015
AL courthouses closed for marriage business look like 50 yr old photos. And #RoyMoore you will be forced to open them just like Wallace.— Rev. Debra Haffner (@RevDebra) February 10, 2015
Excerpt from Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams' "Declaration in Support of Marriage" pic.twitter.com/dTBY2MbIZ4— Casey Toner (@ctoner) February 9, 2015