No one can marry in Pike County, Alabama, after one crusading anti-gay judge decides he has the constitutional right to not issue licenses.
With the likelihood of same-sex marriage coming to Alabama Monday, one crusading probate judge has interpreted a clause in the state constitution as giving him the right to not issue marriage licenses. Â
“I am choosing to take the Pike County Probate Office out of the marriage licensing business altogether,” Wes Allen announced Â Friday. That is completely within my rights under the laws of Alabama.”
Allen, who also made the announcement via hisÂ TwitterÂ account, which is littered with links to anti-gay articles, is claiming the archaic wording of a state statute gives him the right to not do a portion of the job he was elected to do.
“Marriage licenses,” Alabama Code Section 30-1-9 reads,Â “may be issued by the judges of probate of the several counties.”
â€œThe word â€˜mayâ€™ implies that I have a choice,â€ Allen told the Troy Messenger. â€œAt this time, I am exercising my right to choose not to issue any marriage licenses to anyone.â€
He also points toÂ the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment and theÂ Religious Freedom Restoration Act to support his claim, although the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the federal RFRA does not apply to states.
â€œI believe that the Alabama Constitution and federal law protect my right to both live my life as a Christian and perform my elected duties,â€ Allen said. â€œThe way that the law allows me to do that is by giving me the discretion to end the issuance of marriage licenses, and that is the legal course I am taking.â€
â€œThe people of Pike County elected me to perform my duties and they also elected me because of who I am and the values I live by,â€ Allen said.
Allen so far is the only judge to refuse to marry all couples, but several other counties have declared they will refuse to marry same-sex couples when the time comes, creating a standoff and, some say, a “constitutional crisis.”
â€” One Alabama (@OneAlabama) February 6, 2015
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McConnell Refuses to Commit to Confirming a Biden Supreme Court Nominee if GOP Takes Back the Senate
Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to say he will not “mount a blockade” against a possible Supreme Court nominee put forth by President Joe Biden, should the opportunity arise, if Republicans take back the Senate after the 2022 elections.
McConnell, as Majority Leader, infamously refused to even allow then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to have any confirmation hearings, keeping the seat open if a Republican won the White House in 2016, which Donald Trump did.
In an interview with Politico’s Burgess Everett, the Kentucky Republican who has been in the U.S. Senate since 1984 was asked if he would again “mount a blockade.”
“Cross those bridges when I get there, we are focusing on ‘22,” McConnell said, Everett reports. “I don’t rule anything in or out about how to handle nominations if I’m in the majority position.”
Politico’s Anthony Adragna opines that “progressives will freak”over McConnell’s remarks.
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