After reading a release from Liberty Counsel of Florida one could surmise this was the action taken by the Alabama Supreme Court. “Today, in a 170-page ruling, the Alabama Supreme Court rejected the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage opinion by issuing its own Judgment in favor of Liberty Counsel’s Petition for Mandamus. In the petition, Liberty Counsel demanded on behalf of its Alabama clients – Alabama Policy Institute (“API”) and Alabama Citizens Action Program (“ALCAP”) – that the state’s probate judges obey Alabama’s Constitution and laws. On March 4, 2015, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the probate judges to immediately cease issuing same-sex marriage licenses.”
The following link will allow you to read the release for yourself.
The Associated Press reported on the same day: “The Alabama Supreme Court refused Friday to defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, cutting off a conservative bid to prevent gay weddings in the state.” AP goes on state that the majority of Alabama Supreme Court Justices do not agree with the US Supreme Court’s ruling, but they believe it is now a binding decision. One Justice, Shaw, goes so far as to say "If a judge finds that he or she cannot abide by a controlling decision of a higher court, then that judge should resign from office," Shaw stated. "He or she should not indulge in the pretense that rebelling against a superior court's decision is an accepted judicial response.
The following link will provide the actual decision and the Justices’ opinions. The ruling is amazingly short and succinct: “It is ORDERED that all pending motions and petitions are DISMISSED.” There are opinions stated, but the bottom line is that nothing will be changed.
To move towards a civil discussion of our differences, we must search for the truth together. As this article exhibits, we bear the responsibility of what we repeat and what we believe. The internet makes it possible, with the diversity of information available, to find the facts. It is up to us to seek out this information. While the US Supreme Court has “disappointed” both parties, we need to accept the third article of the US Constitution, which gives the Judicial system, and (ultimately) the US Supreme Court, the responsibility of resolving disputes.