So I’m a little behind on this post… and if you are too then let me catch you up to speed.
On January 27th, U.S. District Court Judge Callie V. Granade struck down the ban on marriage equality in Alabama, ruling in favor of the freedom to marry in Strawser v. Strange. It was the second ruling by Judge Granade after she ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Searcy v. Strange. Judge Granade had issued a 14 day stay in both cases -but without further intervention, same-sex marriages would begin in Alabama today – February 9th.
Well certain people in the state of Alabama weren’t exactly ready to accept marriage equality in the Cotton State. Attorney General Strange asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to extend the stay. That request was denied on February 3rd. Attorney General Strange asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the case as well. That request was denied this morning – and the first same-sex couples were married in Alabama today. Of the nine justices, only two – conservatives Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia – dissented from the court’s refusal to block gay weddings from starting in Alabama.