Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In Latest Installment, Alabama Federal District Court Refuses To Stay Same-Sex Marriage Order

In the latest episode of dueling orders, the Alabama federal district court in Strawser v. Strange. (SD AL, March 16, 2015), has denied a motion by Probate Judge Don Davis to stay its preliminary injunction finding Alabama's laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Davis argued that he has been placed in a potential conflict between the district court's injunction and orders of the Alabama Supreme Court. (See prior posting.) The district court said:
Judge Davis states that he complied with this court’s preliminary injunction order and that all of the current plaintiffs in this case have received marriage licenses. Judge Davis points to rulings by the Alabama Supreme Court ordering Alabama Probate Judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. However, Davis has not shown how this court’s preliminary injunction results in irreparable harm to him.
Reuters reports on the decision.