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Liberty Counsel: Alabama Supreme Court Asked to Affirm Marriage Ruling

Today, Liberty Counsel filed a motion asking the Alabama Supreme Court for an order clarifying and affirming the continued effectiveness and binding nature of the Court’s orders upholding and enforcing Alabama’s marriage laws.

On May 21, federal Judge Callie Granade ruled that all probate judges in Alabama’s 67 counties are obligated to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

This ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama purported to overrule the Supreme Court of Alabama’s March 3 mandamus decision* that affirmed natural marriage and ordered all Alabama probate judges to immediately stop issuing illegal marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“Judge Granade has no more power to overrule the Alabama Supreme Court than she does to rewrite same-sex ‘marriage’ into the U.S. Constitution,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

Staver continued:  “The Alabama Supreme Court’s prior mandamus order, and perhaps its disposition of this motion, should send a message that any ruling by Judge Granade or even the United States Supreme Court inventing a right to same-sex ‘marriage’ under the U.S. Constitution is illegitimate.”

*[Latin, We command.] A writ or order that is issued from a court of superior jurisdiction that commands an inferior tribunal, corporation, Municipal Corporation, or individual to perform, or refrain from performing, a particular act, the performance or omission of which is required by law as an obligation.

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