Tag Archives: Alabama

ALABAMA: And More Counties Relent

As of mid-day yesterday at least 51 of Alabama’s 67 counties had begun issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Seven of the holdout counties are issuing licenses to opposite sex couples only and the rest are not issuing licenses at all. About half of the counties now obeying the law began doing so after federal Judge Ginny Granade’s Thursday order against Mobile ...

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ALABAMA: State Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Liberty Counsel’s Marriage Petition

Last last night the Alabama Supreme Court agreed to consider the petition for a writ of mandamus filed on Wednesday by Liberty Counsel. In a 6-2 decision issued late Friday, the Alabama Supreme Court set up a schedule next week for the different sides to file their answers and briefs on the request by the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama ...

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Freedom To Marry Celebrates Alabama

Get a tissue, my tender kittens.

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ALABAMA: More Counties Tumble

Yesterday’s ruling in Mobile County is having the predicted effect and more than a dozen other counties have relented this morning. UPDATE: Seven more counties.

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Gays Are Using Up Alabama’s Batteries

Via AL.com: Cedric Hatcher, an outspoken street evangelist and regular at Birmingham City Hall, took to the lectern during the public comment portion of today’s meeting to express his disapproval of the marriages that took place just across Linn Park and around the state Monday. “To me yesterday was one of the most bizarre scenes I’ve ever seen in the ...

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ALABAMA: First Couple Marries In Mobile

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ALABAMA: Judge Orders Mobile County To Begin Issuing Marriage Licenses

Via Reuters: A federal judge on Thursday ordered an Alabama official to comply with her earlier ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex matrimony by beginning to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade’s order sought to clarify that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis should follow her directive, and not a contravening ...

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ALABAMA: Mobile Hearing Is Underway

MSNBC is live-tweeting from the courthouse. UPDATE: Well, that was quick.

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From Alabama’s Largest Newspaper

The Birmingham News has been absolutely relentless in their supportive coverage of Alabama’s marriage battle and one of the stars of that coverage has been cartoonist JD Crowe. Hit the link for a slideshow of Crowe’s work about Judge Roy Moore.

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Battles Judge Roy Moore In Blistering 25-Minute Interview

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore was interviewed this morning by CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who attacked Moore relentlessly over his position on same-sex marriage. While some of the interview devolved into back-and-forth bickering, Cuomo landed blow after blow, at one point telling Moore that he was merely spewing “word salad.” For his part, Moore repeatedly demanded that Cuomo say ...

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Op-Ed Of The Day

John Hammontree writes for AL.com: Of the 36 states that currently allow gay marriage, only 11 states do so as a result of legislation or popular vote. The vast majority of states have achieved marriage equality through judicial fiat. So the idea that Alabama is the 36th state, or the 14th state or the 50th state to achieve marriage equality ...

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ALABAMA: State Supreme Court Punts On Request To Clarify Roy Moore’s Order

Via AL.com: The Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a request by Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to clarify Chief Justice Roy Moore’s order instructing probate judges to ignore a federal court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. The justices wrote that they do not have the authority to address the question. Mark Erwin, the chief of state for the probate ...

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NYT “Sort Of” Defends Roy Moore

From the New York Times: Roy Moore is right that on its face, Granade’s order doesn’t require state probate judges all over Alabama — who weren’t named in the case Granade heard — to issue marriage licenses. Granade merely instructed Alabama’s attorney general not to enforce the state’s same-sex-marriage ban. That means a probate judge could go along with her ...

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Jon Stewart On Kansas Gov. Brownback: There’s No Place Like Home…ophobia

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ALABAMA: Liberty Counsel Petitions State Supreme Court To Order County Judges To Stop All Same-Sex Marriages

The Liberty Counsel today filed an emergency petition for a writ of mandamus to the Alabama Supreme Court, demanding that the entire bench join Chief Justice Roy Moore in ordering state probate judges to cease issuing same-sex marriage licenses. From the petition: The duty of each Respondent probate judge not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is unequivocal under ...

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Alabama Republican Party: God Will Destroy America Over Same-Sex Marriage

“I have just returned from a week in Israel [JMG: Paid for by the AFA] where I visited many holy sites from both the Old and New Testament. I walked where Jesus walked in Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other sites. I stood where Abraham stood at the gate at the City of Dan, the northern most city of the kingdom ...

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ALABAMA: Two More Counties Relent

Via AL.com: The Calhoun County Probate Judge’s office began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples this morning. In a statement released this morning, Martin said several factors went into the decision to begin. “We have considered the Order issued by Justice Moore, which I have been compliant with, and the statements made by Governor Bentley relating to the Order,” she ...

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Tweet Of The Day

These are the people who organized Saturday’s pitifully attended hate rally at the Alabama Capitol Building. They write on Facebook: In 1963, it was a Civil Rights issue. Alabama was wrong. Treating one group of people as second-class in favor of another is sin. “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him” (Genesis ...

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Judge Roy Moore: I Have Gay Friends

When asked if he would attend a gay wedding: “I’ve had many friends who are homosexual. I’ve treated people just like other people. This is not about how I treat people or how I go to a wedding or a marriage or anything. It’s about the constitution of Alabama and the constitution of the United States and specifically the sanctity ...

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ALABAMA: Where Things Stand Today

Per Equality Alabama, the number of counties issuing same-sex marriage licenses will grow to 22 today as more judges relent. That’s more than double the first day’s number.

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