An Alabama city lawmaker wants to ban his constituents from wearing saggy pants and short skirts because such fashion choices are supposedly outside the divine dress code.
Perhaps quoting from the Book of Vogue, Dadeville City Council Member Frank Goodman told The Daily Beast website, “I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it. What would God do? Did God go around doing this?”
I’ve been monitoring the Religious Right’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, and I’m not impressed.
U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade today issued an order confirming that her injunction directing all Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is now in effect and requires immediate compliance.
A violation of Judge Granade’s order could result in a county probate judge being held liable for contempt of court, attorneys’ fees, financial penalties and any other remedies the court deems proper.
Alabama’s probate judges are under an immediate obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples, say the four civil-rights organizations that are representing same-sex couples in the state.
Pursuant to a May 21 order by Judge Callie V.S Granade in Strawser v. Strange, probate judges became obligated to obey the U.S. Constitution and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the date that “the Supreme Court issues its ruling” in Obergefell v. Hodges. The ruling in Obergefell was issued on June 26, so Judge Granade’s injunction is now in effect.
Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post is a personal reflection by Gary Wright, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that sought to end Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. The legal action was sponsored by Americans United and three other groups.
A federal district court yesterday ordered all Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to all qualified same-sex couples.
The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama applies to all probate judges, which are responsible for issuing marriage licenses, in Alabama’s 67 counties.
Keith Ingram and his partner, Albert Pigg, wanted to be the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of Alabama.
They rose early and landed a spot at the head of the line when the Houston County administration building in Dothan opened Feb. 9, but before they could receive a marriage license they got some devastating news: Their local probate judge said he would not give a license to gay couples – or anyone else, for that matter.
Utah is generally considered to be one of the most conservative states in the country. When same-sex marriage became legal there as the result of a federal court ruling, some observers feared for the worst and braced for resistance.
It didn’t happen. State officials behaved responsibly. Although they made it clear that they don’t support marriage equality, these officials directed the people who work for them to follow the court ruling and not engage in futile forms of resistance. Same-sex couples began getting married in Utah, and all is well.