Mobile, AL – As the battle to preserve natural marriage rages in Alabama, Liberty Counsel is standing with probate judges who are following the direction of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore. Yesterday, Chief Justice Moore issued this directive: “Effective immediately, no probate judge of the state of Alabama nor any agent or employee of any Alabama probate judge shall issue or recognize a marriage license that is inconsistent with…the Alabama Constitution.”
This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to extend a hold on the order by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade for same-sex marriages to begin today. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked the High Court to stay the decision until it rules on the matter this summer.
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, said, “The statement over the weekend from Chief Justice Roy S. Moore is boosting the ranks of probate judges who are refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Liberty Counsel agrees with Chief Justice Moore. The Alabama probate judges are not bound by an opinion of a single federal judge. This sole federal judge does not have jurisdiction to order all state probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.” Staver added: “Liberty Counsel will defend those judges who disregard her lawless order.”
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