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Alabama Chief Justice Defies Supreme Court, Issues Order Blocking All Gay Marriages in the State


Montgomery, AL – On Wednesday, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order stating that an Alabama Supreme Court ruling remains in effect, and that probate judges “have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary” to Alabama’s law and state constitution, which bans same-sex marriage – in direct violation of a U.S. Supreme court ruling.

Moore wrote in his ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June had caused “confusion and uncertainty” among Alabama probate judges, due to the conflict between the state and federal rulings.

“This disparity affects the administration of justice in this state,” Moore wrote.

According to a report by AL.com:

Moore said he issued the order today in his role as administrative head of the state court system. He quoted a state law that says the chief justice is empowered to “take affirmative and appropriate action to correct or alleviate any condition or situation adversely affecting the administration of justice within the state.”

Moore wrote that since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that many Alabama probate judges are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, while others are issuing licenses only to opposite-sex couples or not issuing licenses at all.

Last January, U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade of Mobile ruled that Alabama’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. This ruling resulted in a split among probate judges, with some issuing same-sex licenses and others refusing to do so.

In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made its long-awaited decision, striking down state same-sex marriage bans nationwide.

In his order today, Moore stated that the Alabama Supreme Court continues to deliberate on how the U.S. Supreme Court ruling affects the state court’s orders.

Moore’s contention is that federal court rulings – post U.S. Supreme Court ruling could potentially affect Alabama, noting that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court case invalidated only the same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

He went on to say that the U.S. Eighth District Circuit Court of Appeals in Kansas found that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling “is clearly controlling Supreme Court precedent, it did not directly strike down the provisions of the Kansas Constitution and statutes that bar the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.”

The rebuke of Moore’s order was swift and fierce, with Scott McCoy, senior staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, issuing a statement.

“Chief Justice Roy Moore today issued a dead letter,” said McCoy.

“This is Moore yet again confusing his role as chief justice with his personal anti-LGBT agenda.

“In no way does his administrative order supersede Judge Granade’s federal injunction prohibiting probate judges from enforcing discriminatory Alabama marriage laws.

“If probate judges violate the (federal) injunction, they can be held in contempt. This is Moore yet again confusing his role as chief justice with his personal anti-LGBT agenda.”

Below is Chief Justice Roy Moore’s order:

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  • Hopefully the Feds will overrule this Neanderthal……..

  • It’s called states rights. Tenth amendment.

    • What about separation of church and state?

    • First – that’s not what the constitution says. It says shall not establish nor prohibit the free practice of a religion.
      Don’t get me wrong – I not against gay marriage. I think marriage is none of the business of any government. But the way federal court ruled is still wrong. It’s none of the Feds business. It’s also none of the states business. In This case the fed ruling made law that clearly violated the tenth amendment.

    • Tara Libertà Silvano All they did was create a law that blocked the States from breaking the 10th amendment (yes..the states are ALSO subject to the federal constitution)

  • if you support the right to bear arms and support same sex marriage bans you are logically inconsistent

    • Supporting your constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms is not even close to supporting mentally ill individuals having the “right” to marry each other.

    • both are constitutional rights. the constitution is like religious text. just words on a piece of paper up for interpretation

    • You are well trained by the mandatory system.

    • Todd, then it really doesn’t matter, now does it? It also doesn’t matter if one is logically consistent, because there is no consistency to things that are seemingly arbitrary and have no value. In fact, your opinion doesn’t have value, so how about you just stay out of the conversation?

    • Gun vs AIDS, I can see the connection there.

    • Todd Patterson wrong. Marriage is a state law. Now if you want to be married and not have it legally recognized by the government then it is your right. But if you want the legal right to be married and recognized it has to be ok’d by the state. I am not fighting for or against here just pointing out the fact the constitution does not discuss marriage at all.

    • discrimination,separation of church and state?

    • Please explain? Both rights came out of the constitution.. Dam.. How many of u are stupid? Is that why u walk into wars so easy by your govermand?

    • Chuck Noe people cant handle facts. Kinda like The new biggots in town are the ones bashing people for not jumping ship overnight with the rest of the sheep. Like do you say rude shit to your semi racist grand[parents ? If you are on anyside and not gay and bashing the other side, you are nothing more than a simple biggot who jumps ship to follow the heard. PS for all you retards that are gonna follow your lack of IQ to thinking im against gays, for calling you out on being the people you are so eger to call out. im not nothing against people just dumb asses

    • no, I support the right to bear arms and I believe that marriage all together should not be authorized by the state…. why does the state have any say in marriage at all??? Why are there financial benefits for being married??

    • the 14 th amendment refers to discrimination as long as there are marriage licences given to one group it must be available to all. opposition to it is a largely a religious one which contradicts the 1 st amendment . the constitution is not a buffet table where you get to pick and choose

  • When you use a position of authority to enforce your personal preference you become the bad guy. THIS SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE OVOMIT AND THE LIBTARDS….BEWARE OF WHAT YOU SAY THAT MAKES YOU SEEM HYPOCRITICAL.

  • Love this pic

  • Alabama bar needs to revoke his law license! Supreme court needs to tell him this ruling applies to ALL places where US law applies

  • States rights, supreme court does not make law. I could care less about gay marriage but I do care about the rule of law.

    • I wonder how Colorado gets away gay marriage and pot sales

    • You couldn’t be more wrong. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the country. State Supreme Courts do not have the authority to override a SCOTUS decision. Read past the first couple lines of the Constitution and you can read all about it.

    • I defer to the 10th Amendment. I also care about the rule of law.

    • You do not even understand the law let allone human rights and the constitution…

  • Think all marriages should be illegal, Why do you pay some one for permission to live together legally Church and government have their hand out for a piece of paper giving you permission,,FUCK THE,

  • I thought we were done with this

  • I take it you’ve never heard of Roger B Tawney? You know, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States? The one who made the Dredd Scott decision? Its the same ol’ bullshit.

  • how strange that it starts in this state

  • what a dumb shit!, by doing so, he just gave up his job, and is also looking a prison time has well? good for him!!

  • is this not exactly what the left has been doing all along!!!

  • Put him in cuffs and put him in jail.

  • I’m not a fan of fag marriage but it’s a done deal. Stop this shit. It’s legal;move on.

    • Lol! Nice! You know what? Richard may act like a queer but he never felt the need to “come out”. Unlike people now who block traffic with parades of weirdos in assless chaps.

  • The state sees marriage as a “contract”, therefore: how is it possible to ban any two consenting adults from entering into a contract with all the “equality” and “fairness” laws that already exist? This inconsistency has always confused me. :/

  • Good for Alabama. A blessing is comming your way.

  • Alabama chief should leave office… Jezus.. “Love your neighbour as you love yourself”.. My neighbour is gay.. But i have all the rights to marry… Does this Chief go against the words of Jezus and uses religion to stay a chief for money? What should the constitution have lurned u? Do you go against it? What is justice when one man has less rights then an other? Please leave your office sir,as your ballance of justice usses an unballanced scale…

  • Hey, it is Alabama

  • I strongly support the 2nd Amendment.
    If gays wanna marry eachother let them. Long as they ain’t flamboyant about themselves I have no problem with them. They have just the right to be miserable with one person as straight people do.

  • As a citizen of Alabama, I would very much like to know how much money this man has cost us in lawsuits against him and lawyers to defend him. Free thought project-do y’all have an estimate?

  • Mr. Syrmopoulos… it is the Supreme Court’s ruling, that has ‘violated’ the State Constitution, not the other way around, my confused friend. SCOTUS has no authority over the several states, or those in them.

  • People still fighting over getting fucking married ?

  • Yeah using position of authority to enforce personal preferences is just fine untill it dosent fit your personal preference… like cannabis for example or the auto industry
    religions etc..
    No difference same shit different subject

  • If gays want to be married then they should vote for people who are for their issue or they should go somewhere where it is allowed. Forcing this issue on states is against the wishes of the general public. Regardless of what the MSM and the hollywood movies are promoting, homosexuality is not an accepted practice. Bottom line is you try to wear a size 3 shoe when you wear a size 11 and you will never find those shoes comfortable. Same as adding a bunch of liberal gays into a population that does not want them. You are only causing trouble.

    Of course, I’m beginning to think that is what all this is about to begin with. Just starting trouble and pushing their weight around because rich liberals are supporting them and so is the Obamanation administration. Very little to do with marriage rights because they could simply go somewhere else and get “married”. A whole lot to do with forcing their lifestyle into places they don’t and never will belong just because they can. Such as the churches, the preschools, and organizations such as the Boy Scouts.

    No-one is preaching hate. It’s just that these people need to stay with their own and not force theirselves into places they are unwanted. They keep it up and the backlash will be significant. That is not a threat but rather a prediction

    And another thing. This is one reason we need term limits on supreme court judges. We get liberals in there for life and the next thing you know pedophiles and rapists will have rights. They are working on that as I write this.

    • Here’s the problem with your statement its only Christians that have a problem with gay marriage no one else cares and this is not a Christian nation and the construction clearly states no law shall be made in favor of any religion lots of people don’t mind gays or gay marriage and have no problem accepting them in their communities so your statement is made from a Christian point of view and Christians have this crazy habit of stepping all over other people’s rights and saying others are stepping on theirs

    • Gay people don’t only come from places like LA and invade small towns in America to force their way of life on you. They come from everywhere, and they shouldn’t be forced to leave the ones they love and the places they grew up in order to have equality. We live in America, there should be equality, everywhere, not just in liberal strongholds.

    • Tabeatha, Christians aren’t the only ones against homosexuals. I am quite certain that I could go to anyplace other than a big city and it would reveal that people of all types are against this.

      Rachel, the gays don’t have to invade small towns. The media does this for them. And so do liberal oriented sites like this one.And so does the government by forcing states to perform gay marriages and forcing it into the preschools so that they can teach small children that being gay is “normal” when it is the furthest thing from normal.

      And Rachel, you speak of the communities where these people grew up and how they shouldn’t have to leave. Think about it. Do you honestly think that forcing people to accept homosexuality is bring about positive results in said community? Or is it possible that that community that was friendly before are now irate that you feel you are entitled to force them to do something against their will?

      Forced acceptance is not acceptance at all and in the end it will always make the problem worse by causing even more hatred. I don’t know why you people cant get that through your heads. Whereas people who never cared about gays one way or the other now have contempt for them because of this forceful strategy.

      But to make it very very simple for the both of you. If I wanted a special type of coffee and they didn’t sell it in my town then I would go to the next town over to buy it. I wouldn’t run to the press and whine that my store doesn’t sell what I want. Same thing with the gay marriages. If your town doesn’t support it then go somewhere else. Then go back to your community with your gay selves and there isn’t any problem. It’s just common sense and being reasonable and rational and not trying to think you are somehow entitled because of your sexual preference.Your sexual preference doesn’t entitle you to rights over other people.

    • And before you report my comment to the liberals at Facebook simply because I disagreed with you like you people always do, you may want to think about how that makes you a hypocrite for calling for equal rights and then stifling my right to free speech and opinion.

  • why are marriages ruled over by the state? Why do you have to pay to get married, pay to get divorced, pay, pay, pay… Why do single people pay more taxes? why is a union based on love subjected to financial gains or losses. Why does the state have to be involved in your love life? Get the state out of the marriage business all together.

    • Because people aren’t happy if they can’t dictate what other people do with their crotches.

  • Isn’t it also his duty to pull his head out of his ass?

  • wait, where was the same argument for obamas gun orders? oh right, if they’re on your side, you’re ok with it

  • Moore is a grand standing ignorant bigot who wants attention.