Alabama Judge Blocks Gay Marriage, Defying High Court

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Are we sure it’s 2016? An Alabama judge, who has caused same-sex marriage legal headaches in the past, has ordered that probate judges not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Chief Justice Roy Moore said that despite the Supreme Court ruling, Alabama’s Marriage Protection Act, a law that banned gay and lesbian marriage, is still in effect throughout the state.

“Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect,” Moore wrote in the order.

According to USA Today:

He contends that Alabama is faced with conflicting rulings between an earlier decision of Alabama’s Supreme Court and the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Until the Alabama high court acts to resolve the conflict, its earlier decision stands, Moore wrote.

Moore has made headlines in the past for not recognizing the DOMA decision and also for failing to remove a Ten Commandments statue.

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