Saturday, February 14, 2015
Groups Seek Alabama Supreme Court Mandaumus To Stop Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
While Probate Judges in 50 of Alabama's 67 counties have begun to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, opposition to a federal district court's invalidation of the state's same-sex marriage ban has not ended. The Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program filed a petition (full text) with the Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking a writ of mandamus ordering county probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or recognize licenses issued to them. The petition argues that fededral court injunctions aimed at the state's attorney general do not bind probate judges. The Supreme Court yesterday issued an order, with two justices filing dissenting opinions, (full text) ordering respondents to file answers by Feb. 18. Justice Shaw dissenting said: "I would urge restraint and would urge this Court not to interject more confusion into what is already a very confusing situation." Also yesterday Equality Alabama filed and amicus brief (full text) urging dismissal of the petition. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Ku Klux Klan faction called for support of efforts to defy federal court same-sex marriage rulings.