Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, read the Constitution and concluded that, you know what? The federal government has no say over state marriage laws. (That is my take, too.) Justice Moore ordered the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
From the Associated Press:
Alabama Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, the only openly gay member of the Alabama Legislature, said it is time for Moore to stop fighting the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court.
"He'll be challenged and he'll lose and he'll cost the state a lot of money in the process," Todd said.
University of Alabama School of Law Professor Ronald Krotoszynski agreed.
He said that although it is technically true the state Supreme Court never withdrew its March injunction, "the U.S. Supreme Court plainly overruled it and federal courts would rule against judges who refuse licenses."
"In light of this reality, ordering the state's probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to all couples who seek them constitutes an exercise in futility," Krotoszynski said. "At best, it sows chaos and confusion; at worst, it forces couples to bring federal court litigation in order to exercise a clearly established federal constitutional right."By whose authority?
By whose authority did the federal Supreme Court amend the Constitution and create a right of men to marry men and women to marry women? It goes against 40,000 years of civilization -- with teh exception of the final days of decadent empires.
And by the way, Professor Krotoszynski, "technically true" is the same as true.