Thursday, January 7, 2016
AL.com summarizes the Moore debacle this morning
Nothing original here. I quote (emphasis added):
Two federal prosecutors in Alabama say that Alabama probate judges are not free to disobey the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage and deny gay couples marriage licenses, despite an order from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
"The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has issued an administrative order, directing probate judges that they may not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year on marriage equality," according to a statement issued Wednesday night by U.S. Attorneys Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama and Kenyen Brown of the Southern District of Alabama.
"We have grave concerns about this order, which directs Alabama probate judges to disobey the ruling of the Supreme Court," Vance and Brown stated. "Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not to disobey it. This issue has been decided by the highest court in the land and Alabama must follow that law."
Both of these US Attorneys were early appointments of President Obama. Ms. Vance's husband was Moore's Democratic opponent in 2012. Nevertheless, their position seems inarguable. Yet I would wager that Moore would be the overwhelming choice of the people again after pulling a George Wallace. Nothing like being an Alabaman with religious certitude.