ALABAMA: State Supreme Court Dismisses Marriage Challenge, Roy Moore Says Ban Is Still In Effect

And the Alabama crazy train continues to roll on. Via

The Alabama Supreme Court this morning dismissed petitions by the Alabama Policy Institute, the Alabama Citizens Action Program and Elmore County’s probate judge that had sought a landmark ruling declaring the state’s prohibition on gay marriage still stands.

Today’s ruling means same-sex marriage is still intact in Alabama and the petitions challenging it are tossed. The petitions had sought to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling declaring same-sex marriage legal in the Obergefell case.

The Alabama Supreme Court issued a one-page order and 169-page opinion with all nine justices concurring, and seven of them writing specially. In a concurring opinion that takes up much of the ruling Chief Justice Roy Moore wrote that despite the dismissal of the petitions, Moore believes the state’s ban on gay marriage is still intact.

“Today this Court by order dismisses all pending motions and petitions and issues the certificate of judgment in this case,” Moore writes. “That action does not disturb the existing March orders in this case or the Court’s holding therein that the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, … and the Alabama Marriage Protection Act, § 30-1-9, Ala. Code 1975, are constitutional,” he states.

Moore goes on to criticize at length the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 opinion in Obergefell. “Based upon arguments of “love,” “commitment,” and “equal dignity” for same-sex couples, five lawyers, as Chief Justice Roberts so aptly describes the Obergefell majority, have declared a new social policy for the entire country,” Moore writes.

Last month the petitioning haters filed a complaint against the court for dragging their feet on ruling. Today they got their fucking ruling.