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  • Alabama Judge Calls For Roy Moore's Resignation

    One Alabama county probate judge has had it with the State Supreme Court Chief Justice.

    Wednesday morning, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court issued an order to all county probate judges, telling them they have a "duty" to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Justice Roy Moore made the stunning announcement, not as the Chief Justice but in his role as the Administrative Head of the Unified Judicial System of Alabama.

    Regardless, Judge Moore's order, which claims the Supreme Court's decision last June that found same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, is based on a pending case before his court.

    While some probate judges made the decision to temporarily cease issuing marriage licenses to all couples today, others quietly announced they would continue to follow the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell and issue licenses to all couples.

    One probate judge, however, had had enough, and said so.

    Judge Steven Reed of Montgomery County posted this tweet, calling Moore's order a "charade," and "sad & pathetic."

    And then he went one step further.

    Saying he thinks Chief Justice Moore "has jumped the shark at this point," Judge Reed, as AL.com reports, "said he doesn't know if Moore's order today was an attempt by Moore to 'get on Donald Trumps radar,' or generate publicity for some other reason."

    Reed "said the order is an embarrassment to Alabama and to the Alabama Supreme Court. 'I think it sets a bad example when the chief justice behaves like this,' Reed said."

    And then he called for Moore to quit.

    "We don't get to pick and choose what laws we follow," he said. "If he (Moore) can't follow those laws he ought to step down."

     

    EARLIER:

    Some Alabama Judges Obey Chief Justice's Order Banning Same-Sex Marriage, Some Hysterically Defy It

    UPDATING: Alabama Chief Justice Issues Order Blocking Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

     

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    • commented 2016-01-07 06:29:14 -0500
      Sir, you seem to be a very polite person. But yes, it’s a VERY LOST CAUSE for ANYone to think that I will go against GODS law.
      In the very beginning GOD said (…a man shall leave his father and mother and bond with his wife (please don’t attempt to redefine “wife” to fit into your agenda) and become one flesh.
      Later…after GOD destroyed the earth with water, man was instructed to multiply and replenish the earth. (I’m listening…if you can explain how two men together can have children (that is to give birth) and replenish the earth.
      Now….For your thoughts of Alabama not being a Christian state…still…Judge Moore was elected…not appointed.
      One thing you did get correct…the US supreme court did say it’s ok for you to son.
      I could care less what a court says. GOD said it’s NOT ok. GOD calls what you are doing sir, an abomination.
      Please tell me where I can find in ANY Holy Bible where GOD says it’s ok for two men to committ the acts that you seem to be committing.
      But…you’re Not a Christian. And you may not believe in GOD.
      I DO! And whether you believe it or not you will meet HIM. Then possibly you will remember reading this.
      I will not keep this back and forth with anyone.
      So…just know It’s not who has the last word here…it won’t be me. GOD WILL HAVE TGE FINAL SAY.

    • commented 2016-01-06 23:29:55 -0500
      Though I suppose it’s a lost cause to respond to your comment, I’ll do it anyway, Mr. McKinley.

      Alabama is not a Bible-believing state, because states are not religious entities—that’s one of the great things about this country. Alabama does have many citizens who profess Christianity; I happen to be one of them. I take my faith seriously, and it appears that you do too.

      We obviously have different understandings of the Bible and of God, and that’s OK. You are welcome to your understanding, as I am welcome to mine. I’m not asking for the state of Alabama to support my faith as a Christian; I’m asking it to support my rights as a citizen—those are two different things.

      The US Supreme Court has ruled that I have as much right to marriage as anyone else—in the eyes of the law. It has not dictated anyone’s religious beliefs. My church will not allow me to marry in their sanctuary, and no one is going to force them to do so, and I respect that—though I hope that I and others can work to bring about change in the denomination so that this won’t be an issue.

      But that’s a separate issue from the law. And Roy Moore’s job is to uphold the law, whether he personally agrees with it or not.

      As for being backwards: yes, parts of Alabama and some of its citizens are backwards in their thinking. The same is true of citizens in every state. Their backwards thinking is no reflection on God; it simply a reflection of their particular understanding of the Bible.

      Finally, I’ll add that I like living in Alabama, and I like living in the South. There are good people here on all sides of this issue. Part of my frustration with Roy Moore is that he assumes his beliefs represents the majority of the state, and they don’t. There are many Christians who disagree with him; I’m proud to be part of a church that is active in welcoming the LGBT community. I’m not planning to leave Alabama any time soon. I would rather stay here and help to make it a place that is just for all of its citizens—and a place that I feel good about my children living.

    • commented 2016-01-06 21:55:49 -0500
      Moore is just another Bible-thumping jurist who treats the U.S. Constitution in a manner similar to how he views the Bible — as something to be cherry-picked to support and rationalize a preconceived conclusion.

      To that end, federal court decisions — including those of the Supreme Court — can be summarily ignored if said judicial outcomes do not validate his particular set of Christian beliefs.

      Another reason why religious dogma and public policy make poor bedfellows.

    • commented 2016-01-06 21:00:20 -0500
      Dear Mrs. McKinley, as with all trolls on this site, your single post is proof that you’re just an ignoramus. Judges vow to uphold the constitution, NOT the bible. You comment about money is further proof that you’re unaware that this BS was added in the 20th century and by the end of the year it will be banned from currency because it too violates the constitution. Not, go back to Grindr, where you MAY find someone who cares about what you have say.

    • commented 2016-01-06 20:03:09 -0500
      Mr. Butcher…excuse me. Ms Butcher, (and that sums up your lost argument) You, with what ever right you THINK you have…is just that. YOUR thought.
      Alabama is a Holy Bible believing state. Backswards you say? Do you call GOD backwards? (That’s a rhetorical question. It’s obvious you call GOD backwards. Because HE is the ONE that said two men/two women being together like that is an abomination)
      Ok…so you say keep religion/faith out of state government; so how do you claim the state is backwards?
      You enjoy spending the money the state pays you…correct?
      Please note the wording on EVERY U.S. currency printed…then get back to me.

    • commented 2016-01-06 18:49:35 -0500
      It’s worth noting that Montgomery County is incredibly conservative, even for Alabama. As one friend described it, “It’s Gone with the Wind, except that horse and buggy has been replaced by the automobile.” My boyfriend lives in Montgomery, the state capital and county seat. Even in the midst of generally conservative and often backward views, there are right-minded folks like Reed who are willing to take a stand and help bring Alabama into the 21st Century. I’m fortunate to live in Birmingham, which is much more progressive (relatively speaking).

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