Alabama Judge Throws Tantrum Over Marriage Equality By Ending Marriage Licenses For Everyone

An Alabama judge has decided that if gay people can get married legally across the nation, then no one can get married in his county.

That’s right, Alabama probate judge Wes Allen of Pike County stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether in protest of the Supreme Court ruling on Friday that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage and legalized it nationwide.

Allen, who must be Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore‘s favorite bigoted underling, told the New York Times about his plan to sabotage same-sex marriage in his county:

The Supreme Court’s decision, Judge Allen said, had not voided a provision of Alabama law that says “marriage licenses may be issued by the judges of probate” in the state.

“The word ‘may’ provides probate judges with the option of whether or not to engage in the practice of issuing marriage licenses,” Judge Allen said, ‘and I have chosen not to perform that function.”

So this is the last desperate gasp of a conservative “Christian” to deny marriage to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court made it clear that same-sex marriage is legal in every state in America, but a bigoted judge in Alabama is using his power to ban marriage entirely for homosexuals and heterosexuals alike. It’s a temper tantrum that would make Mike Huckabee proud.

And this will probably become the new strategy of conservatives as they continue to throw a collective hissy fit just because they can no longer deprive gay people of their constitutional rights to liberty and equal protection under the law and justify it by holding up the Bible.

In fact, it’s the same strategy proposed by an Oklahoma Republican last year after a federal court ruled that state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

The bottom line is that the Supreme Court has spoken on this issue and conservatives need to respect the ruling and obey it. Because every time they try another tactic to prevent gay people from getting married, they only embarrass themselves and the states they represent. Right now, Pike County, Alabama is in the national spotlight for the bigotry of a judge who is supposed to treat all citizens with dignity. And if they are proud of that they should be ashamed of themselves.

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