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Alabama Supreme Court to Consider Liberty Counsel's Petition to Stop Issuance of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

In a 6-2 decision late Friday, Alabama Supreme Court agreed to consider the Liberty Counsel's petition seeking an end to same-sex marriage licenses being issued by state probate judges. 

Liberty Counsel is currently representing eight Alabama counties refusing to issue marriage license to same-sex couples, despite U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's order Thursday signaling that probate judges are to follow her ruling overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.

AL.com reports

CourtChief Justice Roy Moore, who has been the most outspoken in advising probate judges not to issue same-sex licenses, was the only justice not listed as taking part in Friday's decision.

Also Friday, lawyers representing Equality Alabama, a group that supports same-sex marriage, filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief urging the Alabama Supreme Court to dismiss the petition. [...]

"This request before the Alabama Supreme Court is nothing but an attempt at delaying the happiness that all families deserve - a last-ditch, failing effort to stand in the way of the love we've seen in this historic week," Equality Alabama chairman Ben Cooper said in a prepared statement. "The petition should be dismissed, and all probate judges in every corner of the state should follow the law."

The court's order stated the briefs by probate judges, due February 18, should address issues raised by the petition, including whether the state Supreme Court even has jurisdiction to hear the petition.


Beautiful New Video Celebrates First Day of Marriage Equality in Alabama: WATCH

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is doing his damnedest to try and stem the tide of change and keep inequality alive and well in his state...but he's failing. Freedom to Marry has collected videos of happily - and lawfully - wedded gay and lesbian couples in Alabama, reminding us that there is light at the end of this tunnel, and with 47 counties and counting issuing marriage licenses, that hateful oppression that Moore and his ilk would impose upon his LGBT citizens is withering away more each day.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, wrote a piece at The Advocate that warns against resting on laurels, reminding us that "winning" is not the same as "won", and that there is still work to do.

For now, though, treat yourself to three minutes of joy with Freedom to Marry's montage AFTER THE JUMP...

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Majority of Alabama Counties Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

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Following U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's order yesterday that Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis must issue license to gay couples, marriage equality is now in a majority of Alabama counties.

The Washington Post reports:

The decision led a number of probate judges to conclude that the ruling also applies to them, even though they got conflicting orders from the state’s chief justice, Roy Moore.

“Once that was done yesterday, [the probate judge] was satisfied we wouldn’t end up in a lawsuit or in trouble, so we’re doing it,” said a woman who identified herself as a manager in the Cherokee County probate office, one of at least 42 counties where same-sex marriage licenses are now available in Alabama, according to Equality Alabama, a local gay rights group. The manager declined to give her name because she wasn’t authorized to speak for the office.

“It wasn’t ever a thing of us not wanting to, morally or religiously, we were just kind of waiting for clarification,” she said.

Several counties say they will begin issuing licenses starting next week. WaPo adds there remain eight counties represented by the anti-gay Liberty Counsel that are continuing to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

For the full list of counties, visit Freedom to Marry's info page here


Bryan Fischer Says Same-Sex Marriage Mandate in Alabama is 'Slavery' At the Hands of the 'Gay Gestapo' - VIDEO

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On yesterday's American Family Association radio program, Bryan Fischer called U.S. District Judge Callie Granade’s potential mandate on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Alabama a form of "slavery," brought about by the "gay gestapo."

Said Fischer:

"When you are ordered by an agent of the government to violate your own conscience in something that you do, that is slavery. If you are forced to violate your conscience to do work, that is slavery. If you are forced to violate your conscience that is tyranny…that is the gay gestapo at work, 'you either do what we tell you or you’re gonna get punished.'"

You can watch Fischer’s facepalm-inducing comments, AFTER THE JUMP

[via Right Wing Watch]

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WATCH: AL Pastor Rails Against 'Comedic' Gay Marriages, Claims You'll Be Able to Marry Roaches in 2016

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At a Birmingham City Hall meeting earlier this week, outspoken street evangelist Cedric Hatcher took to the podium to voice his extreme displeasure at having to witnessing same-sex marriages take place in his beloved Alabama.

Said Hatcher:

"To me yesterday was one of the most bizarre scenes I ever seen in this city. One of the most comedic scenes I ever witness in public. When I witness men with size 13, 14 shoes out there kissing each other in the mouth in front of little kids. It was just bizarre. It was like a freak scene going on."  

Hatcher went on to make a number of bizarre claims, including:

  • "I can barely say 'Praise the Lord' in public now. I might go to jail...you can't tell a person to have a blessed day"
  • On February 9, 2016 you'll be able to marry your dog, cat, snake, rat, roaches, broom, and mop.
  • The gays are buying up all of Alabama's batteries. 
  • "Everybody's coming out the closet but the saints."

AL.com notes Hatcher is a regular presence at Birmingham City Hall.

Listen to the rambling diatribe, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Marriage Equality Arrives in Mobile County, Alabama: PHOTO

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Following U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's order that Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis must issue license to gay couples, marriage equality has now arrived in Alabama's second-largest county.

Pictured above are Robert Povilat and Milton Persinger, one of the four same-sex couples that filed the emergency motion with Judge Granade Monday night after Davis stopped issuing marriage licensee to all couples rather than allow gay couples to start tying the knot in his county. Povilat and Persinger are the first same-sex couple in Mobile County to receive a marriage license.

Granade's ruling is expected to send a signal to judges statewide that the fight is over. Marriage equality has won.


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