LGBT advocates dismiss ruling as stall tactic

Published: Mar. 4, 2015 at 3:04 AM CST|Updated: Apr. 1, 2015 at 2:04 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - In a ruling handed down Tuesday evening, the Alabama Supreme Court announced probate judges are ordered to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

This move comes one month after a federal judge ruled Alabama's same sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

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The ruling names Madison County Judge Tommy Ragland as a respondent in the case. Ragland said Tuesday night it was his first time hearing of the ruling and he would have to look into it before making a comment.

The ruling instructs probate judges to respond to the order within five business days and provide a reason as to why they *should be allowed to follow federal law and issue licenses.

Chief Justice Roy Moore wrote the order and six justices concurred.

Gay rights leaders in Huntsville say this is just a stalling tactic since states don't have authority over the federal government.

"We lost the Civil War. My great-grandparent fought in it for the South. We lost. These things were settled," sad James Robinson of Huntsville's Free2Be Foundation. "We went through this in the 60s with racial issues, Jim Crow laws. These same people's parents probably fought that the same way. We need to get over it."

The Human Rights Campaign called the state ruling "bizarre and rambling" and also said the Alabama high court has no authority to interfere with a federal order.

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