Thursday, July 02, 2015

Courts Move To Finalize Compliance With Obergefell, With Scattered Resistance

In the wake of the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday issued opinions in three same-sex marriage cases pending on appeal, ordering federal district courts in Mississippi (Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant), Louisiana (Robichearx v. Caldwell) and Texas (DeLeon v. Abbott) to enter final judgments for plaintiffs challenging same-sex marriage bans by July 17. In the Louisiana case, the court noted that speedy action was particularly necessary because of the declining health of one of the plaintiffs.

In Alabama, a federal district court judge issued an opinion yesterday in Strawser v. Strange, clarifying that the court's preliminary injunction barring enforcement of Alabama laws barring same-sex marriage is now in effect.  Meanwhile, AP reports scattered resistance to the Supreme Court's decision, with a a few judges and clerks in Alabama, Kentucky and Texas deciding to stop issuing any marriage licenses to anyone.