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WATCH: AL Governor Robert Bentley's Pastor Prays for Him to Defy Court Ruling, Fight Gay Marriage


Alabama Governor Robert Bentley may have expressed his desire to see Alabama "move forward" on the issue of gay marriage and not repeat some of the same mistakes that have plagued his state in the past, but if it was up to his pastor, Bentley would still be standing George Wallace-style in courthouses across the state blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses. 

Right Wing Watch reports:

BentleyIn a sermon earlier this month, Gil McKee, the pastor of the Tuscaloosa church attended by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, recalled how he pleaded with the governor to stand with the state’s Chief Justice Roy Moore and refuse to follow a federal court ruling legalizing marriage equality in the state. [...]

McKee told his congregation that he had had a long talk with Bentley urging him to defy the courts on marriage, implying that same-sex marriage could lead to the collapse of the United States. 

“Here’s what I said to our governor yesterday,” McKee said. “'Governor, I don’t care if all 49 other states go for this same-sex marriage business, let’s be different in the state of Alabama. Let’s do what we know is the right thing to do … The reality is, we’re still living in a very conservative state. The people who are conservative and who are Christian, if you’ll just step up and lead out on this thing, if you’ll give the word to our chief justice to call all our probate judges…and say, "listen, don’t you issue one single license until the federal government does its thing and we decide whether we’re going to follow it or not, don’t you issue one of those." I’m telling you, the people of this state would rally behind that.'” 

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Lesbian Couple That Brought Down Alabama's Gay Marriage Ban Sues State Over Second-Parent Adoption

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Previously, we told you about Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, the Mobile, Alabama couple that sued the state to recognize their 2008 wedding in California as legitimate and sought crowdfunding to help to pay for the $40,000 in legal fees they incurred fighting the discriminatory ban. The couple is set to head back to court, filing a new lawsuit against the state, demanding that Searcy's request for a second-parent adoption of the child the couple have raised together be granted immediately. Probate Judge Don Davis had denied the petition despite the recent ruling striking down Alabama's marriage ban. Davis said he would not consider the matter until the Supreme Court rules on the same-sex marriage cases it agreed to undertake. 

As reports, the very reason Searcy and McKeand challenged Alabama's marriage ban in the first place was so that Searcy could be legally recognized as a parent to their son:

David Kennedy, one of the couple's lawyers, expressed exasperation at Davis' decision. He noted that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade's order to take effect and that Granade handed down a separate order on Feb. 13 specifically instructing Davis to stop enforcing the gay marriage ban.

"I'm disappointed. The United States Supreme Court made a decision with the ruling in the Searcy case," he said. "We don't think that it's fair or equitable to Cari Searcy to wait until the Supreme Court has ruled on some 6th Circuit (U.S. Court of Appeals) case." [...]

On Friday, Davis issued an "interlocutory decree" granting Searcy temporary parental rights, including the authority to consent to necessary medical treatment. Such temporary orders are standard in second-parent adoptions until the court can convene a hearing to review any potential objection to a permanent adoption.

Those final hearings typically last about 15 minutes, according to lawyers familiar with those proceedings.

But Davis included a paragraph stating, "It is further ORDERED by the Court that this Decree is qualified in nature, and the Court will not issue a final adoption order until a final ruling is issued in the United States Supreme Court on the Marriage Act cases before it."

In addition to the court order instructing Davis to grant the adoption without further delay, the lawsuit also asks for compensatory and - if the judge deems it appropriate - punitive damages, as well as legal fees.

While the interlocutory decree grants Searcy some additional rights it does guarantee that Searcy would have custody over the child should her wife die. 

'Conservative Southern Baptist' Mom Talks About Her Family's Campaign For Trans Acceptance: VIDEO


Debi Jackson, a self-described “conservative southern Baptist” from Alabama and mother of a transgender child, has spoken to GLAAD about her campaign to encourage others to accept trans children.

Last year, Jackson spoke publicly about her daughter as well as the parental intolerance and ignorant questions raised by others who blame Debi for her daughter’s transition.

Jackson and her husband became activists when their desire to support their child evolved into a wider goal to spread understanding and awareness of trans issues throughout society, regardless of religious or political affiliation.

Watch the interview with GLAAD - published as part of the #GotYourBack campaign - AFTER THE JUMP...

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John Oliver Takes Aim at Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and the Problem of Elected Judges: VIDEO


Fun fact: 85% of state judges in America are elected. Unsurprisingly, this didn't sit well with John Oliver, who devoted his top story of last night's Last Week Tonight to highlighting the numerous conflicts of interest that arise when judges must pander to the electorate and accept campaign money in order to keep their jobs. 

Exhibit A on Oliver's list of problematic judges is Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who Oliver says is living up to his state slogan "Alabama: Boldly refusing to accept diversity and the inevitable since 1819" with his continued efforts to try and stop gay marriage.


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Alabama Supreme Court Justice Threatens To Abolish All Marriages In The State to Prevent Gays From Marrying

MurdockWell if this isn't just the most petty "I'm taking my ball and going home" bit of childishness.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock, like many Alabama officials, is immensely unhappy with gay marriage being made legal in his state. He added his opinions to a brief order filed on February 9th, stating in part:

[C]onsidering the meaning of the term "marriage" intended by the Legislature in those statutes, they may be deemed to survive, or must be stricken wholly void, if they are not to be applied solely to a union between a man and a woman.

In other words, if gays can get married, then no one is allowed to get married in Alabama, because somehow gay marriages possibly threaten the constitutionality of all marriages in the state.

Jon Stewart Rips Roy Moore and Alabama a New One for Denying Marriages to Gay Couples: VIDEO


In his Daily Show return this week, Jon Stewart took a brilliant look at the nonsense which went down in Alabama earlier this month after Chief Justice Roy Moore decided he was going to defy federal court orders that the state hand out marriage licenses to gay couples.

"In the minds of these judges and clerks, Biblical law supersedes federal law," Stewart notes, before reminding us of the state constitutional amendment passed last year prohibiting state judges and officials from basing any of their decisions on foreign law.

"Hmm. Where was the Bible written again?"


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