Alabama chief justice orders state judges to defy feds on gay marriage

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Alabama’s chief justice on Monday ordered state judges to defy a federal ruling that overturns the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, even as pro-gay groups celebrated the failure of the Supreme Court to intervene as a signal the justices will decide in their favor in this summer’s highly anticipated decision.

Most of the state’s counties, with the backing of Alabama’s governor, refused or held off on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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  1. I think let Caesar have his coin. By that I mean that we should by no means stop any gay couple from getting married.
    However, only churches can determine whether or not their faith allows them to marry gay couples or not. That is a faith issue rather than a civil issue.
    From the civil view, any contract that does not conflict with existing law can be made by a lawyer and approved by the courts.
    But beware, if it doesn’t work out, you have all the same civil law concerning things we normally handle with divorce courts.
    That means splitting up the legal partnership of two individuals. It means that if the government decides to marry the two individuals they are under the same civil law as everyone else that is married.
    No church in this country should be forced by law to give gay couples religious approval. That has to come from a different route.
    If gays want, they have every right to form a church and religious structure of their own. Ministers licensed to carry out marriage ceremonies can be from a gay congregation and a gay church.
    But forcing anyone against their belief system is not a function of government. Nor can it be used to force a business to work against their religious beliefs. That is just plain garbage on some lawyer’s part. Read the book. Read the constitution. Equal rights under the law does not give anyone the right to force someone to act against their religious beliefs. But some lawyer out there will make a fortune discussing prosecution of businesses because of it. We need to distinguish between religious rights and civil rights.
    And there are strong religious beliefs based on scriptures in the BIble and elsewhere that go against the homosexual lifestyle. The belief being it is a sin. And that is not just one religion. That is a whole bunch of people in different religions that believe that way. So taking on that can of worms in a court of law is going to be extremely unpopular with all of those religious groups.
    If you want to go legal, then pursue taking all the anti-homosexual laws on the state and below levels off the books so that people are not in violation of the law when they are gay.
    Most of those laws are still on the books and they can be used to prosecute people.
    Equal means just that. It does not mean violating other people’s belief systems in the pursuit of civil law.

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