Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Alabama justices experience no sense of historical shame

June 11, 1963: Gov. George Wallace defiantly stands
in the schoolhouse door attempting to block
the desegregation of University of Alabama
The Alabama Supreme Court, by a vote of 7 to 1, on Tuesday night ordered probate judges around the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The ruling leaves the probate judges, most of whom are not attorneys, in a state of uncertainty because a federal judge has ruled that they must issue the licenses. Chief Justice Roy Moore did not vote.

Not only did the justices find that Federal District Court judge Callie V. S. Granade could not order the state's probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples; they authored a strong rebuttal to her decision (and that of scores of other judges around the country). We will probably hear numerous opinions of legal academics today to the effect that what the Alabama court did is nothing short of outrageous.

According to HRC at least 48 of Alabama's 67 counties are issuing gay marriage licenses. The probate judges have been given five days to file responses explaining why they should not be held by the ruling of the Alabama Supreme Court.

What message does this send to children?

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