At least one Alabama same-sex couple applying for a marriage license was not only denied, but handed the illegal order of Judge Roy Moore, while other offices follow Judge Moore and refuse to follow the law.
In Alabama, same-sex couples are marrying across the state, so far with little evidence of protest. But not all same-sex couples are being allowed their right to marry. Despite the Supreme Court finally respondingÂ to Alabama’s request to extend a federal judge’s stay that expired this morning, some probate judges are refusing to follow the law, the constitution, and a federal judge’s orders.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore late Sunday evening issued a stern and lengthy directive to all probate judges in the state, whom he claims report directly to him, forbidding them to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Many judges have defied Moore’s likely illegal order and issued licenses and married couples, but some, likeÂ Probate Judge Hardy McCollumÂ in Tuscaloosa County are not only following it to the letter, but handing it to same-sex couples.
â€” Jen Drouin (@jendrouin) February 9, 2015
Tiffany Morrison and Melina Akens went to the courthouse and waited for the doors to open at 8:30 AM. When they did, the “two women who both workÂ at the Tuscaloosa Police Department entered together and asked for a marriage license,” AL.com reports. “A clerk refused to issue them one and instead handed them a summary of the order Moore issued Sunday night prohibiting probate judges statewide from granting licenses to same-sex couples.”
JudgeÂ McCollum was only too happy to discuss the issue with the press.
â€” Leigh Garner (@reporterleighg) February 9, 2015
“The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court gave some direct orders to the probate offices that we should not and are not to issue same-sex marriage licenses,” McCollum told reporters. “He being the chief administrative and judicial officer for the state of Alabama, we are held to his order and we’re going to comply with his order. “
Morrison and Aken were not the only ones affected byÂ McCollum’s defiance. A same-sex couple, married in Vermont inÂ 2012, attempted to have their legal civil marriage recognized by the State of Alabama Monday also. They were treated the same, with a refusal byÂ McCollum’s office and a copy of Moore’s order.
McCollum is not alone in his refusal to obey the law.
Elmore County Probate Judge John Enslen, and others are refusing to obey the law.
Rural counties near large AL metros (Bham, Huntsville, Montg’y) not issuing licenses: Calhoun, Tuscaloosa, Shelby, Lee, Morgan #ALMarriage
â€” SPLC (@splcenter) February 9, 2015
Just confirmed that NO marriage licenses will be issued for the time being to either same sex or straight couples in Cullman.
â€” Lauren Morrison (@lmorrison48) February 9, 2015
Lee County even taped Moore’s order to the office door.
Lee County Probate Judge’s office has Chief Justice Moore’s order posted on the door pic.twitter.com/j2md8m0lRC
â€” Allen Henry (@AllenHenry) February 9, 2015
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Trump Serves Up Paranoid Election Conspiracy Rant for Thanksgiving: ‘Flick of a Switch Can Change Course of History’
President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.
After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”
“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”
He also falsely claimed voting rights advocate and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams had illegally “harvested” 850,000 ballots. In reality, Abrams says 750,000 Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots.
Watch (poor quality video):
JUST IN: President Trump calls GOP Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger the "enemy of the people" as he makes repeated false claims about the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/1gjvZ4lMq3
— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2020
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President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.
Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.
“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.
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— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) November 26, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.
He also said the Electoral College members will have made a “mistake” if they do not declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, as Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports.
Asked if the Electoral College votes for Biden if he will concede, Trump tells press pool in 1st post-election Q&A: “It’s going to be a very hard to thing to concede.”
“If they do, they’ve made a mistake” he says of the Electoral College.
Election was 23 days ago. pic.twitter.com/2xkTdNThQ2
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 26, 2020
But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)
“Certainly I will. And you know that,” Trump tells press pool when asked if he’ll exit the White House on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 in peaceful transition. pic.twitter.com/9ydBsF2j8p
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 26, 2020
Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.
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“It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events,” Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, tells CNN Thursday.
The U.S. saw more than 181,000 new cases on Wednesday. Current daily deaths are now about 2000 per day. Dr. Reiner says they could come close to 4000 per day soon.
“I expect that the daily death rate will double in the next 10 days,” Reiner says. “We’ll be seeing close to 4,000 deaths a day.”
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