Recognition of same-sex marriage (SSM) & LGBT equality
Part 7: Alabama:
Plaintiffs ask Circuit Court to let the stay expire.
Trial lawyers group criticize Chief Justice Moore.
Governor asks 11th Circuit Court to extend stay.
American Family Assoc. interviews Chief Justice.
"NOM" supports Chief Justice Moore's stand. Freedom to Marry starts TV ad campaign.
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-JAN-29: Plaintiffs ask 11th Circuit Court to allow marriage equality stay to expire on FEB-09:
Lawyers for plaintiffs Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand filed a brief with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They asked the court to not impose a new stay on the District Court ruling, but to let the existing temporary stay expire on FEB-09. They noted that same-sex couples are being harmed on a daily basis because they lack the protections and benefits that would be given to them from the state and federal governments if they were able to marry in Alabama or to marry elsewhere and have their marriage recognized by Alabama. 1
2015-JAN-29: Trial lawyers group criticize Chief Justice Roy Moore's stand on same-sex marriage:
The Alabama State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers issued a statement saying:
"We believe that it is improper and unfair for Chief Justice Moore to threaten the judicial independence of Judge Granade in the manner in which he has done, particularly where Judge Granade is forbidden by judicial canons from responding to the accusations made by Chief Justice Moore." 2
2015-JAN-29: Humorous article by Josh Moon in the Montgomery Advertiser:
Josh Moon found the "state's reaction to gay marriage ruling embarrassing." In an article by that name, he said that the Alabama Probate Judges' Association's position is that:
"Probate judges in Alabama don't have to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because that ruling on Friday -– the one where the federal judge flatly stated that Alabama's same-sex marriage ban violates the United States Constitution –- only applies to the people involved in that one case.
All these years, only the Brown family had the right to attend white public schools.
Of course, that opinion is absurd, as law professors from all over the country pointed out ..." 9
He is referring to Oliver Brown and his children. He was the plaintiff in the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit in 1954 that started the process of ending school racial segregation in the U.S. -- a process that is still incomplete.
2015-JAN-30: Governor Robert Bentley (R) asks that the 11th Circuit Court extend the stay on same-sex marriages:
Lawyers for Governor Bentley submitted a brief with the federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is asking the court to extend the temporary stay that U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade placed on her ruling in favor of marriage equality. Her stay is temporary and is scheduled to expire on Monday, FEB-09. Governor Bentley is asking that the Circuit Court extend this stay until mid-2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling that could affect same-sex marriages across the entire country.
2015-JAN-30: Chief Justice Roy Moore is interviewed by Sandy Rios of the American Family Association:
The American Family Association (AFA) is a conservative Christian para-church organization, which has been selected by the Southern Poverty Law Center as one of 13 American anti-gay hate groups. 3 Sandy Rios of the AFA interviewed Chief Justice Moore. Moore likened himself to abolitionists and desegregationists who stood up against:
"... rejection of God's law by the federal judiciary. ... now we see the institution of marriage that God ordained under sustained attack from federal judges. ...
I think we’ve got to look back. Courts are not always perfect, Sandy. The United States Supreme Court is not always perfect. What would you have done in 1857 when they came out and said slaves were property. If you were a judge, would you have followed that opinion? Or in 1896, I think it is, in Plessy v. Ferguson, when they said that separate but equal was the policy that we had to adhere to, would you have followed it?
We’ve got to realize that courts, whether they’re federal, state, Supreme Court are not always perfect. And sometimes their rulings will contradict the Constitution, as did the United States Supreme Court opinion in Dred Scott, as it did in Plessy v. Ferguson, as it did in Roe v. Wade. Everybody recognizes Roe v. Wade is not in accordance with the Constitution, but you know, there it is as law. So I submit to you that we’ve got to look at these things very carefully." 4
2015-JAN-30: Brian Brown of NOM supports Chief Justice Roy Moore's position on marriage equality:
Brian Brown is president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), arguably the most active national organization opposed to marriage equality. He issued a statement to his supporters saying:
"We need to stand up to this kind of bullying whenever we encounter it, but especially when it comes dressed up in the robes of the state authority. Indeed, then we shouldn't call it merely bullying at all, but assign it the true name it deserves: tyranny. ..."
"Marriage Supporter, this is the kind of principled stand we need more of our public officials to take — and we need to take such a stand ourselves, too. ..."
"... as we work, let's remember that we're not alone in this fight! Lately, I have had a few opportunities to meet with marriage leaders throughout the globe, such as at the recent Vatican Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman. The experiences of these countries make it clear that we have a global fight to preserve marriage, and that the biggest threats to marriage are unfortunately coming from the West — led by the United States (and the lawless actions of President Obama) but also including some countries in western Europe." 5
In reality, the United States is not leading the movement towards marriage equality. America is actually trailing over a dozen other countries ranging from New Zealand, to Canada, England, the Netherlands, and South Africa, which have already legalized same-sex marriage.
2015-FEB-01: Freedom to Marry starts ad campaign on Alabama TV:
Freedom to Marry, one of the major national groups promoting marriage equality, funded a very powerful pro-same-sex marriage ad which is being displayed on TV stations for three days in Birmingham and Montgomery, AL. It features a lesbian couple who were married during 2014 in Connecticut. Their family consists of Jessica and Chi Peoples, and their daughter Nailah. In the video, Chi Peoples states:
"I can’t imagine anyone loving a person as much as I love my wife. Alabama does not recognize our marriage. Everyone wants to believe that if you do what you are supposed to do that your family will be taken care of. But we don't have that safeguard. That every child can feel good about the home that they come from ... isn't that what matters?"