Last month, United States District Court Judge of Alabama’s Southern District, Callie V. S. Grenade, a George W. Bush appointee, declared prohibitions against same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and licenses were to start being issued February 9th. Defying the District Court Judge and common sense, on the 8th, Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore ordered Alabama’s probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples who were awaiting licenses and expecting to marry. Most of the state’s counties refused to issue licenses, but 20 out of the 67 did so. Alabama is the country’s 37th US state that legalized gay marriage.
Look, I could go into Roy Moore’s history as a bible-thumping Neanderthal, which he is, and I could pontificate here how he is so behind the times, but to what end? We know and are confident that the federal judiciary trumps the state judiciary and that “state’s rights” advocates like Moore will eventually fail. Nearly one third of the Alabama’s counties defied him. And he is reminding many of former Alabama governor George Wallace and his blocking the door to a public school trying to stop desegregation in the 60’s. That didn’t work then and Moore’s nonsense won’t now. By the way, to his credit, Wallace changed and actually became a positive advocate for civil rights for blacks. I don’t see Moore seeing the light anytime soon.
Last week on Monday the 9th, the US Supreme Court refused to grant a request from Alabama’s Republican attorney general to keep same-sex weddings on hold until that court rules later this year whether laws banning gay marriage violate the US Constitution. So on Thursday, Judge Grenade ordered Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis to issue marriage licenses. Davis’ attorney said the probate judge wanted guidance being there were conflicting orders. He got it. Within an hour of the order, licenses were being issued. The other counties’ probate judges will eventually cave whether they are ordered to do so or not. And the ruling from the US Supreme Court is expected to cement that laws banning gay marriage are unconstitutional.
For those of us in the great (?) State of Alabama, you will get your licenses. Till you do, if you don’t already have a significant other, if you want one, go find one. Whether it is for a short-term fling, or a long-term thing, it is no one’s business but your own. We encourage you to find your love, or even your “like.” Here is a pretty good place to start – GayMen.com. Defy those living in the past. Make your own future. Find your guy and love him any way you want. Very soon we all know, all the desperate attempts to curtail our progress will stop. Go celebrate and have fun knowing that.