Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore defies Supreme Court, orders probate judges to discriminate against same-sex couplesAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Thursday, January 7th, 2016
Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, has ordered his state’s probate judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples because he does not believe that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision applies to Alabama.
Claiming the Supreme Court did not specifically address Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage in the historic Obergefell v. Hodges case, Moore justified his position by quoting a state law that says he can “take affirmative and appropriate action to correct or alleviate any condition or situation adversely affecting the administration of justice within the state.”
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) strongly condemned Moore’s move. “Yet again, Chief Justice Roy Moore is flagrantly defying the rule of law, and empowering those who wish to stand between same-sex couples and their constitutional right to marry the person they love,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Regardless of what Roy Moore says, marriage equality is the law of the land. His obstructionists tactics tarnish the reputation of the great state of Alabama, and we urge all of the state’s probate judges to issue licenses to same-sex couples, as is their duty under the law. Moore’s personal opinions are not at issue here. As a judge, he has an obligation to follow the law. If he refuses to do so, he should be removed from office.”
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