Just when we thought things couldn’t get any more farcical in the ongoing fight for marriage equality in Alabama, a judge there has granted two lesbians a divorce, even though the state doesn’t currently recognize same-sex marriage, despite the U.S. Supreme Court saying it must.
Shrie Michelle Richmond and Kirsten Allysse Richmond were married in Iowa in November 2012. They originally filed for divorce in their home state of Alabama in February 2014, but were denied because the state didn’t recognize gay marriage at the time. One year later, they tried again, on the same day same-sex marriage went into effect in the state thanks to a ruling made by U.S. district judge Callie Granade back in January.
Naturally, some folks were upset over Granade’s ruling. When the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to intervene, Alabama’s chief justice Ray Moore decided to take matters into his own hands by illegally ordering state judges to refuse to marry any same-sex couples, throwing the whole state into absolute chaos. Some judges followed Moore’s orders. Others didn’t. A minister was arrested for officiating a same-sex wedding. Even the KKK got involved by releasing a statement saying gay marriage would turn the country into “a third world cesspool.”
That’s when the state’s Supreme Court stepped in. Last week, it created even more chaos when the justices demanded that all same-sex marriage be halted, even though this is in direct violation of what the U.S. Supreme Court says.
Thankfully, not everyone in Alabama is stubborn, insane, and completely homophobic. Because earlier this week, Madison County circuit judge Karen Hall happily granted the divorce between Shrie Michelle Richmond and Kirsten Allysse Richmond without question and without making any public statements about her decision. Because she’s classy like that.
The issue of marriage equality will once again be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court in April and will (hopefully!) put an end to all this madness.