Alabama Supreme Court outlaws gay marriage

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 10:30am


What happened in Alabama?

The supreme court of Alabama decided that gays can not get married.

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Seven judges voted against gay marriage.

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"The law says that "Marriage" is between just one man and just one woman." - Alabama Supreme Court Opinion

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"This has been the law for about 200 years." - Alabama Supreme Court Opinion

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"Nothing in the United States Constitution matters to this law." - Alabama Supreme Court Opinion

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One judge, Justice Greg Shaw, disagreed.

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One other judge, Chief Justice Roy Moore, abstained. He did not vote.

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(Last month, Chief Justice Moore said that gay marriage is still illegal in Alabama.)

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What does the federal government say?

The federal district court says that Alabama must let gay people marry.

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The U.S. Supreme Court still hasn't decided if states are allowed to say that gays can't marry.

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They will decide for the entire country, not just Alabama.

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They will decide in June.

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While they are deciding, the U.S. Supreme Court says that gay people are allowed to get married in Alabama.

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This means that right now, the federal courts and the Alabama courts are saying different things.

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Who wants to stop gay marriage in Alabama?

The court case was brought by two groups.

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One group was the Alabama Policy Institute.

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Another group was the Alabama Citizen Action Program. This group is run by Babtists.

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Who wants to allow gay marriage in Alabama?

"The Alabama Supreme Court is on the wrong side of history." - The National Center for Lesbian Rights

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"The question is not whether marriage equality will return to Alabama, but how quickly." - The National Cent4er for Lesbian Rights

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