AL chief justice orders judges to not issue same-sex marriage licenses
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an administrative order Wednesday prohibiting Alabama probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Moore's order stated the Alabama Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment are still in effect pending further decision by the state's highest court.
The order states:
"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 or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect."
Moore originally ordered a halt to same-sex marriage licenses in Alabama in February. In March, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an opinion upholding the Alabama Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, which both state marriage is between a man and a woman.
Then on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
According to Moore, some probate judges in Alabama are issuing same-sex marriage licenses, others are only issuing them to opposite sex couples and some aren't issuing any marriage licenses at all. Moore's order argues this inconsistency across the state "affects the administration of justice."
Moore says the Alabama Supreme Court is still deliberating on the effect the U.S. Supreme Court ruling has on existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court.
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