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

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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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Ted Olson: AL Chief Justice Roy Moore's Gay Marriage Fight Reminds Him of Selma, George Wallace - VIDEO

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Earlier this week, MSNBC's Morning Joe brought on Ted Olson to ask him his thoughts on the same-sex marriage situation in Alabama and Chief Justice Roy Moore's obstructionist tactics in the slow march towards LGBT equality in the state. 

OlsonSaid Olson:

"It does bring up images of Selma, Alabama and George Wallace denying rights to African-American citizens to go to school or cross a bridge and enter a parade."

Olson's comments come as Alabama Gov. Robert Bently said in an interview that he's aware of the parallels between what's happening now and what happened in the state 50 years ago.

TPM reports:

BentleyGov. Robert Bentley, a Republican and a Southern Baptist, said he believes strongly that marriage is between one man and one woman, but that the issue should be "worked out through the proper legal channels" and not through defiance of the law.

The governor noted that Alabama is about to be in the spotlight again with the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was passed after civil rights marchers were attacked and beaten in Selma, Alabama — events chronicled in the Oscar-nominated movie "Selma."

"I don't want Alabama to be seen as it was 50 years ago when a federal law was defied. I'm not going to do that," Bentley said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.

"I'm trying to move this state forward."

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley 'Disappointed' Same-Sex Couples Are Marrying in His State

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has issued a statement on the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses by probate judges in the state.

Said Bentley:

Bentley“The issue of same sex marriage will be finally decided by the U.S. Supreme Court later this year,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “I have great respect for the legal process, and the protections that the law provides for our people. I am disappointed that a single Federal court judge disregarded the vote of the Alabama people to define marriage as between a man and woman.

“I agree with the dissenting opinion from U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia when they stated, ‘Today’s decision represents yet another example of this Court’s cavalier attitude toward the States.  Over the past few months, the Court has repeatedly denied stays of lower court judgments enjoining the enforcement of state laws on questionable constitutional grounds.’

“This issue has created confusion with conflicting direction for Probate Judges in Alabama. Probate Judges have a unique responsibility in our state, and I support them. I will not take any action against Probate Judges, which would only serve to further complicate this issue.

“We will follow the rule of law in Alabama, and allow the issue of same sex marriage to be worked out through the proper legal channels.”

Earlier today we reported judges in Tuscaloosa, Baldwin, Madison, Jackson, and Shelby counties were not issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

In Mobile County, meanwhile, attorneys for marriage plaintiffs Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand have asked a federal judge to hold Probate Judge Don Davis (pictured below) in contempt for refusing to issue licenses today.

Al.com reports:

DavisThe lawyers, Christine Hernandez and David Kennedy, at first urged patience as Davis huddled with lawyers to figure out how to respond to conflicting court orders from U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade and Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

With Davis refusing to make a decision one way or the other, the office remained closed to couples seeking marriage license but eventually opened to people wishing to record deeds and conduct other business.

Finally, Davis took the bench, prompting Kennedy and Hernandez to ask Granade to hold him in contempt and take any enforcement action she deems appropriate. Henandez told reporters that remedies could include fines and even incarceration. "There's a very real possibility somebody could be going to jail," she said. [...]

Hernandez said the "position of silence" adopted by Davis is no different that former Gov. George Wallace's attempts to beat back integration.

"It's no different than standing in the school door. It's exactly the same as Governor Wallace. The only difference is that Judge Davis is not physically standing here."

As for Moore himself, he's busy on Facebook lamenting what's going on in Alabama and posting Bible verses. What he really should be doing though is searching for a new job... 


Watch: Alabama Governor Apologizes for 'Christian Brother' Remarks

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley made a post-inauguration apology for remarks he made at a Baptist church on MLK Day regarding non-Christians.

Said Bentley at the MLK Day service: "So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother." 

Said Bentley on Wednesday: "The terminology I used, I believe, seemed to disenfranchise other religions, and it certainly was not meant to do that...It was never my intension to disenfranchise anyone. If I did make anyone of any faith feel disenfranchised, let me say I am sorry."

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Alabama Gov-Elect Bentley Tells Non-Christians He's Not With Them

Isn't this a warm hello from the Governor-Elect Robert Bentley of Alabama?

The Birmingham News: Bentley

Bentley told a big crowd at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where the late civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once was pastor, that he believed it was important for Alabamians ''that we love and care for each other." 
   
  ''I was elected as a Republican candidate. But once I became governor ... I became the governor of all the people. I intend to live up to that. I am color blind," Bentley said in a short speech given about an hour after he took the oath of office as governor. 
   
  Then Bentley, who for years has been a deacon at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, gave what sounded like an altar call. 
   
  "There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit," Bentley said. ''But if you have been adopted in God's family like I have, and like you have if you're a Christian and if you're saved, and the Holy Spirit lives within you just like the Holy Spirit lives within me, then you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers. And it makes you and me brother and sister." 
   
  Bentley added, ''Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters. So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother." 

Said Bentley later: ''We're not trying to insult anybody." 


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