On Wednesday, Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order insisting that last March’s ruling issued by theAlabama Supreme Court remain in effect, warning that probate judges “have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage licenses” contrary to Alabama‘s law and constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
According to AL.com, a four-page administrative order by Moore argues that the ongoing conflict between the state court ruling and the U.S. Supreme Court‘s landmark June ruling has resulted in “confusion and uncertainty” among probate judges.
Moore said he took it upon himself to issue the order in his role as administrative head of the state court system.
The administrative order quotes a state law that empowers the chief justice to “take affirmative and appropriate action to correct or alleviate any condition or situation adversely affecting the administration of justice within the state.”
Moore claims that ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, several Alabama probate judges are issuing licenses to same-sex couples, while other ones are only issuing licenses to opposite-sex couples, or not issuing licenses whatsoever.
He says that this “disparity affects the administration of justice in this state.”
Last January, a federal judge in Mobile ruled that Alabama‘s ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. His ruling caused confusion and conflicting legal orders: Some judges issued licenses, others did not.
The Alabama Supreme Court issued its order in March following requests from two conservative groups — the Alabama Citizens Action Program and the Alabama Policy Institute — as well as Elmore County Probate Judge John Enslen.
Contrary to Alabama law, the order enjoined probate judges from issuing licenses.
Moore reportedly didn’t participate in that particular order. As a result, seven of the eight other judges concurred.
But four months later, the U.S. Supreme Court finally issued its long-awaited order, ruling that same-sex marriage was legal in America.
In his order today, Moore said the Alabama Supreme Court continues to deliberate on how the U.S. Supreme Court ruling ultimately affects the state court’s orders.
H/t: LGBTQ Nation
This moron needs to be disbarred.
He looks like he’s had way too much cocaine.
Why don’t we just dump Dixie?
Or to much alcohol ! He looks like he about to fall down!!!
They need to get a life
Brian L. Moore
I can’t wait till he gets his ass handed to him by the SCOTUS ð??¡ hopefully soon
didn’t we go down this road last year with alabama? man seriously, get over it.
Roy “I am the Law” Moore needs to be removed from the bench.
Luis H. Lopez
The Supreme court is not taking action? There is no justice in America .
He signed an administrative order. He might just as well have signed his own (political) death certificate.
White Christian anti-gay [email protected] GOP monster, what do people expect?
The associated Press reported yesterday [note the timing] that Judge Roy Moore’s son just pleaded “not guilty” to his seventh (!) arrest in five years for drug possession.
Hmmm, now, just what story might Judge Roy Moore be trying to distract everyone from by making this ridiculous and obviously non-constitutional order and presenting it exactly a day after the national press starts reporting about Moore’s son’s repeated drug arrests?
Let’s not let him use us to do this. Moore is obviously an awful parent, who goes around yammering on about other people’s families while his own son is a repeat criminal. Since Moore obvious wants people to become distracted from that information, I think this information should be prominently noted every single time Moore tries to pull one of these phony grandstanding actions, like this preposterous “order.”
Roy… follow the law or face contempt.
And yeah, Roy Moore’s son is a real shining example of how good of a father he is. And how does someone have 7 arrests for drug posession in 5 years? Daddy in a top place to get him a jail out of free card everytime.
@Giancarlo85: BTW, in some states if you have three drug arrests (and convictions), you get 20 years on the third offense. Yet his son has had seven arrests… go figure.
Just die you stupid idiot.
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I’m going to be traveling to Alabama, NEVER, but if I did, i’d imagine I’d find him on-line, where I’d expect to find my old Catholic priest and Catholic Prep School principal, on “Manhunt” or “grindr”, if not both.
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The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;—to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;—to Controversies between two or more States;— between a State and Citizens of another State,—between Citizens of different States,—between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.
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