Alabama Chief Justice Effectively Ends Same-Sex Marriages — For Now
Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a Supreme Court ruling.By Eugene Daniels | January 6, 2016
Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, has barred all judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In an administrative order, Moore said 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."
You may be thinking, "Didn't the Supreme Court already handle this one?" Not according to Moore. The order points out the Obergefell v. Hodges decision only applied to the states named in the case: Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Not Alabama.