Same Sex Marriage…A Look at the Usurpation of Politics
Now realistically…who did not see this coming? From the instant this entire matter started wearing that fancy “federal” title we knew it was only a matter of time before a decent, respecting, God-fearing state would see the monumentous problems this intrusion has made.
Attorneys for same-sex couples turned away from a marriage license office in Alabama asked a federal judge Tuesday to clarify that local officials must issue the permits.
The request on behalf of more than 10 couples came after a majority of probate judges in the state closed up shop Monday rather than issue the licenses.
On the day that same-sex unions became legal in Alabama, local officials in dozens of counties on Monday defied a federal judge’s decision and refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, casting the state into judicial chaos.
Gay couples were able to get licenses in about a dozen places, including Birmingham, Huntsville and a few other counties where probate judges complied with the judge’s decision. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled early Monday that it would deny Alabama’s request to put the marriages on hold.
This action by the US Supreme Court is a step in maneuvering towards the goal of “Usurpation of politics” insofar as it rightly appears that the local, state, and Supreme Court’s of thirty seven states as well as the District of Columbia are not requisite with earlier decisions made by the federal government.
But in the majority of counties, officials said they would refuse to license same-sex marriages or stop providing licenses altogether, confronting couples — gay and heterosexual — with locked doors and shuttered windows.
Many of the state’s 68 probate judges mounted their resistance to the federal decision at the urging of the firebrand chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore. He is best known for refusing more than a decade ago to comply with a court order to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court’s offices.
But the probate judge in Mobile — scene of the most high-profile confrontation — has also asked for legal clarification from the Alabama Supreme Court in a counter move.
It was this court’s chief justice, Roy Moore, who had initially advised the probate judges not to give out the licenses.
“For now, we’re going to maintain the status quo,” the aide, Mark Erwin, told a crowd of about 20 people gathered at probate court.
Despite the chaos, hundreds of gay and lesbian Alabama couples managed to get marriage licenses Monday, activists said.
Some activists believe the state’s chief justice Moore also has intimidated probate judges. A letter late Sunday from Moore claimed probate judges could face reprimands from the governor if they issued same-sex marriage licenses.