Recognition of same-sex marriage (SSM) & LGBT equality
Part 17: Alabama:
A Washington Post video.
Lawsuit against a Mobile County probate judge.
National Organization for Marriage makes appeal.
In this web site, the acronym "SSM" refers to same-sex marriage. Also, "LGBT"
refers to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual community
2015-FEB-10: A video by Washington Post:
This video is titled: "Same-sex couples turned away in Alabama."
2015-FEB-09: Conflict in Mobile County:
Don Davis is the probate judge for Mobile County. This was one of the counties where the judge decided on FEB-09 to stop issuing marriage licenses to anyone. The service windows in the marriage license department remained closed on Monday.
Lawyers for a lesbian couple asked the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Alabama to hold the Mobile County probate judge, Don Davis, in contempt because he had allegedly:
"not given a reason why the marriage license division is closed on this particular day, and he has not stated as to when the office will reopen." 2
They asked that Judge Callie V. Granade to:
"... order law enforcement to open the marriage license division [in Mobile, AL and] impose sanctions" against Probate Judge Davis.
She is the District Judge who had issued the two rulings in late January that legalizing same-sex marriage in Alabama. She had temporarily stayed her order in favor of same-sex marriage for two weeks. The stay automatically terminated on the morning of FEB-09. She, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court all refused to extend the stay past FEB-09. Her ruling has been appealed to the 11th Circuit. Thus, marriage equality became law in Alabama at least until the 11th Circuit releases its ruling.
Judge Granade refused their request, saying:
"Nothing in plaintiffs’ motion would compel this court to order law enforcement to open the marriage license division of Mobile County Probate Court or impose sanctions. ... [the plaintiffs] have offered no authority by which this court can hold Davis in contempt or order any of the relief sought." 3
2015-FEB-10: Brian Brown issued a message about same-sex marriages in Alabama:
Brian Brown is president of the National Organization for Marriage. It is the leading national organization dedicated to preventing same-sex couples from being permitted to marry anywhere in the U.S. Lack of access to marriage prevents these couples and their children from receiving the hundreds of state marriage protections and benefits, as well as 1,138 federal benefits that are automatically enjoyed by all opposite-sex married couples and their children.
On the afternoon of 2015-FEB-10, he issued a message to the subscribers on their email list. It was titled "Thank Chief Justice Moore!:" 4
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
"Why Roy Moore’s gay marriage gambit isn’t just Alabama being Alabama," Washington Post, 2015-FEB-09, at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
"Scenes of same-sex marriage, and rejection, across Alabama," New York Times, 2015-FEB-09. at: http://www.nytimes.com/
Bob Unruh, ""Federal judge refuses sanctions in 'gay marriage' case," WND, 2015-FEB-09, at: http://www.wnd.com/
Brian Brown, "Thank Chief Justice Moore," National Organization for Marriage, 2015-FEB-10, at: http://www.nomblog.com/
Copyright © 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2015-FEB-09
Latest update: 2015-FEB-12
Author: B.A. Robinson