Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a four-page administrative order today, stating that Alabama probate judges have a “ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license” to same-sex couples. This pronouncement comes despite a contrary ruling by an Alabama federal court and the landmark U.S. Supreme Court opinion last June legalizing same-sex marriage.
Moore, a conservative Christian, was infamous for erecting a Ten Commandments monument in Alabama’s court building in 2011.
This is not the Alabama court system’s first attempt at blocking same-sex marriage. In January of last year, U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban, found in “the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment” to Alabama’s Constitution, finding it violated the U.S. Constitution.
This generated confusion among Alabama probate courts, as some began issuing same-sex marriage licenses while others did not. In March, the Alabama Supreme Court effectively ignored the federal injunction prohibiting courts from enforcing the discriminatory laws, and issued an opinion upholding the constitutionality the “Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.” “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license