HRC, SPLC blast AL high court on same-sex marriage freeze

Published: Mar. 4, 2015 at 12:43 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2015 at 1:51 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement Tuesday night, shortly after the Alabama Supreme Court issued a special ruling barring probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The 148-page ruling addresses what it claims is confusion over a recent federal ruling overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

HRC, in a written statement, says the order has no foundation in constitutional law and "flies in the face" of the federal ruling issued by Judge Callie Granade several weeks ago.

"The Alabama state Supreme Court does not have the authority to interfere with a federal court order," said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. "This order is outrageous and baffling, and no amount of legalese can hide the bare animus that forms the foundation of this extralegal ruling."

The HRC goes on to call the ruling "bizarre and rambling."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, in their statement, assured the high court it will be "embarrassed by its decision."

That statement, by SPLC President Richard Cohen, in full:

"We're disappointed, but not entirely surprised, that the Alabama Supreme Court reached out to take a stand against same-sex marriage. We live in a very conservative state, and judges here have to stand for re-election. In the end, once the United States rules on the issue later this year, I think the court will be embarrassed by the decision it announced this evening. To the couples who have not yet married, do not lose hope. This fight is not over."

You can read the full text of the ruling here (PDF). Click here for more on the marriage ban battle in Alabama.

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