Alabama Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same Sex Couples


On Monday, the state of Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A defiant Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy Moore, demanded that probate judges refuse to grant the licenses. Despite Moore’s strenuous objections, probate judges began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday morning. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Alabama Attorney General’s last ditch attempt to halt same-sex marriages from taking place.

The high court ruled 7-2 that the state must comply with a January ruling, by Federal Judge Callie V.S. Granade, allowing same-sex marriages to be performed in Alabama. Only Justices Thomas and Scalia dissented. Even a 3-2 majority of conservatives on the court favored upholding the federal judge’s ruling to permit same-sex marriages. Justices Alito, Kennedy, and Roberts joined the four more liberal judges on the Court, in supporting the decision.

Alabama’s top elected officials, Governor Robert Bentley (R), and Attorney General Luther Strange (R), joined Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, in fighting the ruling. However, their fight was in vain, as couples across Alabama are receiving marriage licenses today. Alabama becomes the 37th state to legalize same-sex marriages.

While the fight for LGBTQ equality goes way beyond the freedom to marry, at least on that specific issue, the rate of progress has been dramatic. Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage on May 17, 2004. A little over a decade later, the states have tipped like dominoes, one after another. Alabama, nestled deep in the heart of the Bible Belt, is a state where gay marriages would have been unthinkable even a few years ago.

Although marriage equality came to Alabama on Monday, the victory was unevenly achieved. While same-sex weddings were performed in some counties, other counties refused to issue licenses. Monday was a confusing day for some couples. Baldwin County, for example, stopped issuing any marriage licenses, so that they would not have to issue a license to a gay or lesbian couple.

Nevertheless, even as many Alabama elected officials and judges tried to stand defiantly against marriage equality, the march of progress continued in the face of opposition. Like George Wallace standing in a school house door half a century ago, some Alabama officials may choose to plant their feet on the wrong side of history. But it won’t matter. Same-sex marriage has arrived in Alabama. The arc of the moral universe is bending towards justice, and on the issue of marriage equality, it is bending fast. The tide has turned, even in the Crimson red state of Alabama. Roll tide.

13 Replies to “Alabama Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same Sex Couples”

  1. Somebody needs to inform Roy Moore that hes not God – we have laws and rules that we ALL follow and who does he think he is to demand judges defy that law. Disbar this jerk.

  2. This is not final, we ARE talking about Alabamastan people. They are still in the battle against mental health.

  3. GEORGE WALLACE, 1963:
    “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!”

    “Homophobia now, homophobia tomorrow, homophobia forever!”

  4. You won’t find that place. The solution is to keep your nose out of other people’s business. Then you’ll be a lot less offended, and so will they.

  5. I’m not straight I don’t have kids why should my taxes pay for straight couples offspring to be educated? Per the GOP church is supposed to handle education not the state

  6. Well if its any consolation, every gay person has to live in a state where there is “hetero crap” going on. But they seem to adapt to it just fine. Its their country to.

  7. It’s everyones country. We here completely support your right to sound like a bigot. Ever hear of “Live and let live?” You’ll have more peace in your life if you try it. Gay people are all around you. You are friends with some, even if you don’t know it. They want nothing more than to be left alone to live their own lives. There is no “Gay Agenda” other than trying to be afforded the same constitutionally protected rights you have. Why is that so hard to accept?

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