Big news coming out of the Southern district of Alabama.
A federal judge in Mobile has just struck down the state’s marriage ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that it is unconstitutional and violates the Fourteenth Amendment.
Via the Washington Blade:
In a 10-page decision on Friday, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade, an appointee of George W. Bush, issued summary judgement in favor of a plaintiff same-sex couple, finding Alabama marriage laws violate the couple’s right to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.
Even bigger news? There is no stay on the landmark decision, so it looks like same-sex couples may be able to marry in the state of Alabama as soon as the clerk’s office is open for business.
We are awaiting to hear reaction from Governor Robert Bentley, Attorney General Luther Strange (the named defendant in the case of Cari D. Searcy and Kimberly McKeand) and to see if these individuals - longtime opponents of marriage equality - plan to appeal the court’s decision.
To read a. PDF document of today’s ruling, click here.
UPDATE (1/23; 6:47 p.m.): Not surprised. The office of Alabama’s attorney general announced that it plans to fight the court ruling.
“We are disappointed and are reviewing the Federal District Court’s decision,” spokesman Mike Lewis said via email. “We expect to ask for a stay of the court’s judgment pending the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling which will ultimately decide this case.”
UPDATE: (1/23; 7:10 p.m.) A startling fact on the judge in this case:
FYI, the judge who ruled in Alabama #GayMarriage decision was a Bush appointee.
— Steve Chiotakis (@RadioChio)
January 24, 2015
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