Friday, February 13, 2015

Federal District Court Orders Alabama County To Resume Issuing Marriage Licenses

In Alabama, marriage equality litigants have finally found the procedural key to obtaining an injunction to require Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to open the marriage license division and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  On Feb. 10, plaintiffs amended their complaint in their case challenging Alabama's same-sex marriage laws to name Judge Davis as a defendant. Two days later in Strawser v. Strange, (SD AL, Feb. 12, 2015)-- the case that had already led to an injunction against the attorney general-- the court issued a preliminary injunction barring Judge Davis, and "all his officers, agents, servants and employees, and others in active concert or participation with any of them" from refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Meanwhile yesterday morning (before the district court issued its injunction against Judge Davis), Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore gave a lengthy interview (full transcript) to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, reiterating his view that Alabama courts are not bound by the district court decisions recognizing same-sex marriage.